Bernstein, Leonard. (1918–1990)

Signed Photograph

Signed portrait in profile of the American composer, conductor and pianist.  Inscribed to Paul McMahon.  Hand stamps of Columbia Records Photo to verso.  9 x 7 inches (23.1 x 17.7 cm).  Slight tear to right margin; else in fine condition. 

Bernstein was the first American-born conductor to lead a major American symphony orchestra.  A skilled pianist, he often conducted piano concertos from the keyboard.  He was the first conductor to share and explore classical music on television with a mass audience.  Through dozens of national and international broadcasts, including Young People's Concerts with the New York Philharmonic, he sought to make music both intelligible and enjoyable to all.  Through his educational efforts, including several books and the creation of two major international music festivals, he influenced several generations of young musicians.

From the collection of Paul McMahon, a critic, photographer and artist who worked for more than 13 years touring with Marlene Dietrich as the icon’s stage manager, announcer, dresser, secretary and escort, and later spent 25 years as an arts and entertainment reviewer and photographer with Gay Community News, Esplanade, Tommy’s Connection, The Mirror, Bay Windows and other publications. (22735)

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