Leonard Bernstein was the most eminent American composer of the 20th century. Also honored globally as a conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist, he was among the first conductors born and educated in the US to receive worldwide acclaim.

Best Known Compositions

Candide the Broadway musical comedy, Chichester Psalms, West Side Story/music, and Bernstein’s Mass, a concert piece for orchestra, dancers, and choir (commissioned by the widow of John F Kennedy,  for the opening of the Kennedy Center for Music & Performing Arts, Washington, DC).

Famous Quote

“This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.”

Born: August 25, 1918, Lawrence, Massachusetts – Died: October 14, 1990, New York City, New York


‘Tribute to Leonard Bernstein’ by Carol Lois Haywood, 2015, 18 X 24″ pastel painting on board, framed original available from the artist. For this his centenary year, this original work of art is priced at $925. shipping only in the USA; shipping free –Based on a reference photo by Paul de Heuck.

Enjoy U-Tube: (West Side Story/Symphonic Dances)