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Leonard Bernstein

Bernstein, 1956. [Online Image] Available, June 7, 2001

Leonard Bernstein was born in 1918 and died in 1990.  He was a conductor, composer, teacher, writer, and social activist.  He had the glamour and looks of a movie star as well as the talents of a genius.  He is considered one of America's greatest musical giants.

Bernstein wrote in the classical and pop styles, but he is perhaps best remembered for the beautiful score he wrote for the Broadway musical "West Side Story."  He earned an Academy Award for his score. 

The music from West Side Story remains Bernstein's most popular work. 

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