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Symphony No. 3: Kaddish (1963)

In his Kaddish Symphony, Leonard Bernstein exploits the dualistic overtones of the prayer: its popular connotation as a kind of requiem, and its celebration of life ( i.e. creation). He does this both in his speaker's text and in his music. In the original version, the choice of a woman as the Speaker and as vocal soloist (singing sacred words traditionally reserved for men in the synagogue) was in itself a dualistic decision.

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Thus Spake Leonard Bernstein:

"I am a sometime conductor and an all-the-time musician for whom conducting, like composing, teaching, and playing the piano, is part of the same activity: sharing with people what I feel and what I know about music."

-Leonard Bernstein, 1979

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