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Prelude to "Khovanshchina": Introduction (03:22)


Teaching is the noblest and most under-praised profession. Leonard Bernstein describes how Serge Koussevitzky influenced his musical career. This prelude depicts the sunrise on the Moscow River.

Prelude to "Khovanshchina": Performance (05:53)

Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic in the composition by Modest Mussorgsky.

"Symphony No. 2": III. Introduction (03:47)

Bernstein describes how Koussevitzky inspired him to study how music moves from one beat to the next. Great teachers inspire and make students enthusiastic. Randall Thompson's third movement is a jazzy scherzo.

"Symphony No. 2": III. Performance (06:44)

Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic in the scherzo by Thompson.

"The Incredible Flutist": Introduction (03:34)

Bernstein pays homage to David Prall, Edward Burlingame Hill, Heinrich Gebhard, Isabella Vengerova, Richard Stoehr, Susan Williams, Philip Marson, Helen Coates, Renee Longy, and Tillman Meritt. Walter Piston celebrates his 70th birthday. This ballet is about a circus that arrives in a sleepy Spanish Town.

"The Incredible Flutist": Performance (15:51)

Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic in the ballet by Piston.

"Academic Festival Overture": Introduction (02:14)

Bernstein recalls auditioning with this piece for Fritz Reiner. Johannes Brahms pays homage to the University of Breslau. Bernstein dedicates this performance to all the great teachers of the world.

"Academic Festival Overture": Performance (10:02)

Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic in the classical music composition by Brahms.

Credits: A Tribute to Teachers (00:44)

Credits: A Tribute to Teachers

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A Tribute to Teachers

Part of the Series : Young People's Concerts
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Bernstein pays tribute to many of his teachers by conducting works important to his mentors, or written by them. The program closes with a tribute to the man who is, for Bernstein, "the greatest conductor alive today," Fritz Reiner. Pieces include Mussorgsky's Prelude to Khovanshchina, Randall Thompson's Symphony No. 2 (3rd movement), Walter Piston's The Incredible Flutist, and Brahms' Academic Festival Overture.

Length: 54 minutes

Item#: BVL192729

Copyright date: ©1963

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