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Symphony No. 2: The Age of Anxiety (1949)

Bernstein's Symphony No. 2: The Age of Anxiety for solo piano and orchestra was commissioned by his long-time mentor Serge Koussevitzky in 1949. Based on an eponymous poem by W.H. Auden, the movements follow the narrative in which four lonely strangers who meet in a wartime New York bar.

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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:

On what made him compose: "...what I love about the world and about life is people. I like them as much as I like music, if not more. I love people and I have a compulsion to share with people what I feel, what I know, and what I think.”

– Leonard Bernstein in an interview with Peter Rosen, Reflections, 1977

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