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Subject: Re: leonard bernstein educational tv program question
From: Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:46:37 -0400
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Bernstein did many television programs over the years--he was probably the best 20th century communicator of how music works, and he was enormously effective in getting people--young people especially--excited about classical music. 

The particular program you mention was on Omnibus, on NBC in 1958. A link is at
https://leonardbernstein.com/lectures/television-scripts/omnibus/what-makes-opera-grand




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From: Discussion of opera and related issues [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of kurt youngmann
Sent: Friday, June 23, 2017 5:19 PM
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Subject: leonard bernstein educational tv program question

Back in the 50s or 60s Leonard Bernstein gave some lectures on television (CBS, I believe). In one of them he used the Act II quartet from La Boheme to demonstrate how spoken cacophony could by transformed into beautiful music. To begin, he had four actors speak the lines in the same way they were sung which resulted in unintelligible gibberish. He then led four singers in Puccini’s music. 

Does anyone know if this demonstration exists on Youtube and, if so, how it can be accessed?

Thanx,

Kurt Youngmann

"Reality is nothing but a collective hunch." - Lily Tomlin 



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