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Collection Leonard Bernstein

1918 to 1942


  1. 1918

    Born August 25, Lawrence, Massachusetts, first child of Samuel and Jennie Bernstein.

  2. 1932

    First piano recital; began piano studies with Helen Coates, who later became Bernstein's secretary.

  3. 1935

    Graduated from Boston Latin School; freshman year at Harvard University; piano studies with Heinrich Gebhard.

  4. 1937

    First professional appearance as a solo pianist with orchestra; first met Aaron Copland, Adolph Green and Dimitri Mitropoulos.

  5. 1938

    Music editor, Harvard Advocate.

  6. 1939

    Graduated from Harvard cum laude in music; composed and conducted incidental music for a production of Aristophane's The Birds; entered Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia. Conducting studies under Fritz Reiner; piano studies with Isabelle Vengerova; orchestration with Randall Thompson; score-reading with Renee Longy Miquelle.

  7. 1940

    Conducting studies under Serge Koussevitzky at Berkshire Music Center, Massachusetts, now Tanglewood Music Center.

  8. 1941

    Graduated from Curtis Institute.

  9. 1942

    First published work, Sonata for Clarinet and Piano; assistant to Koussevitzky at Tanglewood; moved to New York; completed First Symphony, Jeremiah.