Wednesday, April 11, 2012
I'm feeling crummy this morning so I thought I'd take some time and blog. On Monday we listened to Bernstein's Dance Suite. I was definitely reminded of Stravinsky during the Waltz. It was quirky, a bit off kilter and fun. I'm sure that Bernstein drew some inspiration from him. How could he not? I thought Dave made a great point in class that Bernstein was trying to keep himself relevant. The fifth movement, MTV, was a call to the new generation of music listeners. I think he's making a reference towards young people that are stimulated not only by the music, but from visual images associated with it. On a side note, my friend Jon and I were obsessed with Bernstein back in college. At one point I had a picture of him conducting taped to my locker at school. We called him Lenny B, hence the title of this post. He was such an inspired conductor, educator, and composer. I could watch West Side Story right now! It's so addictive. In fact, let's take some time and watch a video of him conducting I Feel Pretty.