The Leonard and Felicia Bernstein family sent New Year’s Day, January 1, greeting cards to extended family and friends during the holiday season. Holiday card pictures are among the eighty-five photographs from the 1960s now available online in the Leonard Bernstein Collection, held by the Library of Congress Music Division.
With more than 400,000 items including music and literary manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, audio and video recordings, fan mail, and other materials, this collection, donated by the Bernstein family in 1992, is one of the largest and most varied special collections in the Music Division.
During the 1960s, Leonard Bernstein donated the sketches and piano-vocal scores from West Side Story to the Library of Congress. The holograph piano-vocal score of the song, “Something’s Coming” composed by Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim for the character of Tony, is one of the items on display in the Imagination portion of the exhibition American Treasures of the Library of Congress.
Could it be? Yes it could!
Something’s coming, something good!
“Something’s Coming” from West Side Story. Composed by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.
- View photographs from each decade of the life of this American composer in the Bernstein Photo Gallery.
- Browse the Leonard Bernstein Timeline for important events in Bernstein’s life.
- Browse Leonard Bernstein in the William P. Gottlieb Collection for portraits of Bernstein.
- Search Leonard Bernstein in the performing arts-related digital collections for additional photographs as well as information on other special collections that reference Bernstein.
- Visit the exhibition American Treasures of the Library of Congress to see other creations of the American Imagination.
- Search Today in History on the keyword composer to view other features on American musical artists such as George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, and George M. Cohan.
- Visit the Official Leonard Bernstein Site External for more information about the composer and his works.