Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins first began talking about creating a ballet based on S. Ansky's play, "The Dybbuk", after they had just completed their first collaboration, Fancy Free, in 1944.
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The Leonard Bernstein Office (LBO) sustains and strengthens Leonard Bernstein’s legacy by inspiring global engagement with his work as a composer, conductor, educator, and humanitarian. Through licensing, promotion, music editing, and publishing, the LBO strives to communicate his lifelong devotion to the transformative power and joy of music.
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Thus Spake Leonard Bernstein:
“A composer has to have an inner road map; he has to know what the next destination is going to be, in other words, he's got to know what the next note has to be, he must convey to us a sense of rightness, a sense that whatever note succeeds that last is the only possible note that can rightly happen at that instant.”
-Leonard Bernstein, 1954