Works Vocal So Pretty (1968)


On January 21, 1968, Leonard Bernstein and Paul Newman co-hosted "Broadway for Peace," a fundraiser at Lincoln Center's Philharmonic Hall to support the Congressional Peace Campaign Committee, which funded campaigns of congressional candidates opposing the Vietnam War.Harry Belafonte opened the star-studded program featuring Joanne Woodward, Carl Reiner, Tommy Smothers, Diahann Carroll, Eli Wallach, and Anne Jackson.

Accompanied by Bernstein himself, Barbra Streisand sang So Pretty, a song Bernstein had composed for the occasion, with lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green.


"We were learning in school today
All about a country far away
Full of lovely temples painted gold,
Modern cities, jungles ages old.
And the people are so pretty there
Shining smiles, and shiny eyes and hair...
Then I had to ask my teacher why
War was making all those people die.
They're so pretty, so pretty.
Then my teacher said, and took my hand,
“They must die for peace, you understand.”
But they're so pretty, so pretty.
I don't understand.”

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(1968) 2 min
Betty Comden and Adolph Green
World Premiere:
January 21, 1968. Barbara Streisand and Leonard Bernstein / Philharmonic Hall, New York, NY
Voice and Piano
Version Notes
Premiere was at a rally-concert called "Broadway for Peace," regarding American involvement in the Vietnam War.


So Pretty
(1968, arr. 1995) 2 min
for voice and orchestra
orchestrated by Sid Ramin

Text by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Scoring 1.0.CorA.1.1-

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