Serenade (after Plato's Symposium) (1954)
Completed in the summer of 1954, this violin concerto became the five-movement Serenade, satisfying two commitments: a much delayed commission for the Koussevitzky Foundation (1951), and the promise of a piece for violin and orchestra forhis friend, the eminent violinist, Isaac Stern.
Haydn: Missa in tempore belli, Hob. XXII: 9 ("Mass in Time of War" / "Paukenmesse") in C Major
On January 19 1973, Leonard Bernstein conducted a “Concert for Peace” for an estimated 15,000 people at Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC, on the eve of the second term inauguration of President Richard Nixon, with an orchestra that included many musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra, a chorus of 125 volunteers prepared by Norman Schribner, and soloists Patricia Wells, Gwendolyn Killebrew, Alan Titus, and Michael Devlin. The recording of the performance received a 1973 Grammy Award Nomination for Best Choral Recording, with Schribner and Bernstein as co-nominees.
Thus Spake Leonard Bernstein:
“Imagine a lifetime of this struggle, movement after movement, symphony after symphony, quartet after concerto after sonata. Always probing and rejecting in this constant dedication to perfection, to the principle of inevitability...the composer, by doing this, leaves us at the finish with the feeling that something is right in the world."
-Bernstein on Beethoven, Omnibus