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[Biographies, dissertations, books for young people, books by Bernstein, foreign editions, etc.]


Family Matters (Sam, Jennie and The Kids)
Bernstein, Burton
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1982. Published in German as: Die Bernsteins, Munich: Albrecht Knaus Verlag, 1987

Leonard Bernstein, The Man, His Work and His World
Briggs, John
Cleveland and New York: World Publishing Co., 1961

Leonard Bernstein
Burton, Humphrey
Doubleday, New York, 1994

Conversations about Bernstein
Burton, Wiliam W.
Oxford University Press, New York, 1995

Leonard Bernstein: Una Vita Per La Musica
Castiglione, Enrico
Edizioni Logos, Rome, 1991

Leonard Bernstein: Notes from a Friend
Chapin, Schuyler
Walker and Company, New York, 1992

Leonard Bernstein: Der Komponist
Dusella, Reinhold & Helmut Loos
Boosey & Hawkes Musikverlag, Bonn, Germany, 1989

Bernstein: Remembered: a life in pictures
Fluegel, Jane
(editor) Carroll & Graf Publishers, Inc., New York, 1991

Leonard Bernstein
Freedland, Michael
Harrap Ltd., London, England, 1987

Leonard Bernstein, Eine Biographie (in German)
Gradenwitz, Peter
Zürich: Atlantis Musikbuch-Verlag, 1984 English (London):

Leonard Bernstein, A Biography, Berg (distributed by St. Martin's Press, NYC in USA) Also in Japanese and Hebrew

Leonard Bernstein: The Infinite Variety of Musician Berg Publishers Ltd., UK, 1987

The Private World of Leonard Bernstein
Gruen, John & Ken Hyman
New York: The Viking Press, 1968

Leonard Bernstein (in German)
Holde, Artur
Berlin: Rembrandt Verlag, 1961

Leonard Bernsteins Ruhm (Fame) (in German)
Kaiser, Joachim (editor)
(Thoughts and Information on the Life's Work of a Great Artist) Munich: Albrecht

Sennets & Tuckets, A Bernstein Celebration
Ledbetter, Steven
Boston Symphony Orchestra in association with David Godine Publisher, Inc., Boston 1988

Leonard Bernstein, Ausdruck eines grossen Musikers
Nerius, Ingeborg
(Portrait of Great Musician) (in German)

Bernstein, A Biography
Peyser, Joan
New York: Beech Tree Books/William Morrow, 1987

Bernstein (The Art of Conducting Series)
Robinson, Paul
New York, Vangard Press, 1982

Musiker Portraits (chapter on Leonard Bernstein)
Schmidt, Felix
Hoffmann & Campe Verlag, Hamburg, Germany, 1984

Leonard Bernstein: A Life
Secrest, Meryle
Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1994

Leonard Bernstein
Wilkins, David
Exley, Watford, England, 1995

Radical Chic and Mau Mauing the Flak Catchers
Wolfe, Tom
Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, New York, 1987


Making Music: Leonard Bernstein
Bernstein, Shirley
Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica Press, 1963

Leonard Bernstein
Cone, Molly& Robert Galster
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Co., 1970

Leonard Bernstein, A Biography for Young People
Ewen, David
Philadelphia: Chilton Co., 1960

Lenny's Surprise Piano
Green, Diane Huss
San Carlos, California: Golden Gate Junior books, 1963

Leonard Bernstein: A Passion for Music
Hurwitz, Johanna
The Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia, 1993

People of Destiny: Leonard Bernstein
Reidy, John P. & Norman Richards
Chicago: Children's Press, 1967


"Leonard Bernstein's Mass as Sound and Political Commentary on the 1960's"
André, Don A.
University of Washington, 1979

"Social Commentary in the Twentieth Century as Evidenced by Leonard Bernstein's Mass"
Cottle, William A.
Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Northern Colorado, 1978

"The Symphonies of Leonard Bernstein: An Analysis of Motivic Character and Form"
Boselzner, David E.
Master of Fine Arts, University of North Carolina, 1977

"An Analytic Study of Pulished Clarinet Sonatas by American Composers"
Carlucci, Joseph B.
Doctor of Musical Arts, Eastman School of Music, 1957

"A Comparison Between a Descriptive Analysis of Leonard Bernstein's Mass and The Musical Implication of the Critical Evaluations Thereof"
De Sesa, Gary
PhD., New York University, 1984

"The Music of Leonard Bernstein: A Study of elodic Manipulations"
Gottlieb, Jack
Dctor of Musical Arts, University of Illinois, 1964

"Leonard Bernstein's Serenade After Plato's Symposium: An Analysis"
Lehrman, Leonard J.
Doctor of Musical Arts, Cornell University, 1977

"The Anniversaries for Solo Piano by Leonard Bernstein"
Luther, Sigrid
Doctor of Musical Arts, Louisiana State University, 1986

"A Conductor's Analysis of Serenade for Solo Violin, String Orchestra, Harp & Percussion by Leonard Bernstein"
McDonald, Anthony T.
Doctor of Musical Arts, Stanford University, 1982

"A Study of Tonality in Selected Works by Leonard Bernstein"
Moore, James W.
PhD., Florida State University, 1984

"Leonard Bernstein als Musikpädagogik"
Nothbauer, Irene
Diplomarbeit, Hochshule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Vienna, 1986

"Leonard Bernstein's Dybbuk: An Analysis Including Historical, Religious and Literary Perspectives of Hasidic Life and Lore"
Pearlmutter, Alan J.
Doctor of Musical Arts, Peabody Conservatory of Music, 1985

"Leonard Bernstein's Informative Speaking in The 1965-1966 Young People' Concerts"
Rees, James L.
Master of Arts, Syracuse University, 1966

"Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story"
Rhoads, Mary
Master of Fine Arts, University of Michigan, 1964

"A Twentieth Century Rite: A Critical Study of Leonard Bernstein's Mass"
Sheridan, Grant P.
Adelaide University, Australia, 1983

"Leonard Bernstein's Works for the Musical Theatre: How the Music Functions Dramatically"
Snyder, Linda J.
Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Illinois, 1982

"The Role of Drama and Spirituality in the Music of Leonard Bernstein"
Copeland, Philip L.
Doctor of Musical Arts, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1998

(in chronological order)

With the exception of The Unanswered Question, all books by Bernstein have been re-printed by Doubleday, NYC in the early 1990's.

The Joy of Music
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1959 (HC), 1963 (PB) New York: Signet Books, The New American Library, 1967 (PB) To Helen Coates: "With deep appreciation for fifteen selfless years"

Introduction: The Happy Medium
Imaginary Conversations:
Bull Session in the Rockies: Scene I. Why Beethoven?
Scene II. What Do You Mean, Meaning?
Whatever Happened to the Great American Symphony?
Why Don' You Run Upstairs and Write a Nice Gershwin Tune?
Interlude: Upper Dubbing, California
Seven OmnibusTelevision Scripts:

  • Beethoven's Fifth Symphony
  • The World of Jazz
  • The Art of Conduction
  • American Muscal Comedy
  • Introduction to Modern Music
  • The Music of Johann Sebastian Bach
  • What Makes Opera Grand?

Foreign Editions
British (London): Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1960 (HC)
Reprints: Panther, 1969/White Lion, 1975 (HC)
Chinese (Hong Kong): World Today Press, (via USIA), publisher (PB)
Czech (Praha-Bratislava): Hubou K Radosti, Editon Supaphon, 1969 (PB)
Danish (Copenhagen): Musikglaede, Det Schönbergske Forlag, 1968 (HC)
German (Stuttgart): Freude an der Musik, Henry Goverts Verlag, 1961 (HC) Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag, 1964 (PB) (Frankfurt): Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, 1976 (PB) (Munich): Wilhelm Goldmann Verlag, B. Schott's Söhne, 1983, (PB)
Hebrew (Tel Aviv): Chaim Nachumi, publisher, 1961 (HC)
Italian (Milan): La Gioia della Musica, Longanesi , Co., 1983 (PB)
Japanese (Tokyo): Ongaku-no-Tomo Sha, 1966 (HC)
Portuguese (Lisbon): O Mundo da Musica, Livros do Brasil, 1968, (PB)
Russian (Moscow):1978, (PB)
Slovene (Ljublijana): Srecne Ure Ob Glabsi, Mladinska Knjiga Int., 1977 (HC)
Spanish: Editorial Letras, publisher, 1961
Swedish (Stockholm): Att Upleva Musik, Pelarbockerna, Svensk Läraretidnings Förlag, 1961 (HC)

Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts for Reading and Listening
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1961 (HC)

Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts, Revised Edition
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1970 (HC)
"To my dearest own Young People: Jamie, Alexander, Nina"

Contents (Revised edition)

  • What Is a Melody?
  • Musical atoms: A Study of Intervals
  • What Does Music Mean?
  • What Is Classical Music?
  • Humor in Music
  • What Makes Music American?
  • Folk Music in the concert Hall
  • What is Impressionism?
  • What Is Orchestration?
  • What Makes Music Symphonic?

Foreign Editions:
British (London): Cassell & Co., 1971 (HC)
The following are all in translation:
French (Paris): Editions Robert Laffont, 1982
German (Töbingen): Konzert für junge Leute. Eine Einführung in die Welt der
Musik zum Lesen und zum Hören. Rainer Wunderlich Verlag, 1969 (HC)
(Munich): Konzert für junge Leute, Albrecht Knaus Verlag, 1985 (PB) Hungarian (Budapest): Hangversenyek Fiataloknak, Editio Musica, 1975 (HC)
Japanese (Tokyo): Zen-On Music, publisher, 1976 (PB)
Portuguese (Lisbon): Concertos para Jovens, publicacoes Europa-America, 1972 Slovene: Opus, publisher, 1977

The Infinite Variety of Music
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1966 (HC)
New York: Plume Books, The New American Library, 1970 (PB)
"For Felicia, with love"

An Imaginary Conversation: The Muzak Muse
Five Television Scripts:

  • The Infinite Variety of Music
  • Jazz in Serious Music
  • The Ageless Mozart (The New York Philharmonic in Venic)
  • Rhythm
  • Romanticism in Music
A Sabbatical Report Four Symphonic Analyses:
Dvorák L Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Opus 95 (From the New World)
Tschaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Opus 74 (Pathétique)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in Flat Major, Opus 55 (Eroica)
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Opus 98 (Movement I)
[N.B. : originally released as recordings as for the Book-of-the-Month Club (1956-11957). Additional recorded analyses included: Tschaikovsky, Symphony No. 5 and Schumann, Symphony No. 2.]
An Informal Lecture: "Something to Say... "

Foreign Editions:
Briatish (London): Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1968 (HC)/ White Lion(PB)
[The following are all in translation]:
German (Töbingen): Von der unendlichen Vielfalt der Musik, Rainer Wunderlich Verlag, 1969 (HC) (Munich): Wilhelm Goldmann Verlag, 1977 (PB)
Hebrew (Tel Aviv): Reshafim Publisher, 1973 (HC)
Hungarian (Budapest): Gondolat Publisher, 1977
Japanese (Tokyo): Zen-On Music, publisher, 1972
Swedish (Stockholm): Musikens Oändliga Rikedom, Raben & Sjögren, 1971 (HC)

The Unanswered Question, Six Talks at Harvard
Cambridge and London: Harvard University Press, 1976 (HC with records) Harvard University Press, 1981 (PB)


  • Musical Phonology (10/9/73)
  • Musical Syntax (10/16/73)
  • Music Semantics (10/23/73)
  • The Delights and Dangers of Ambiguity (10/30/73)
  • The Twentieth Century Crisis (11/6/73)
  • The Poetry of Earth (11/20/73)

Foreign Editions:
French (Paris): La Question sans Réponse, Diapason, Ed. Robert Laffont, 1982 (PB)
German (Vienna): Musik Die offene Frage, Verlag Fritz Molden, 1979 (HC)
Hungarian (Budapest): A Megvalaszolatlan Kerdes, Zenem kiado, 1979 (HC)
Japanese (Tokoyo): Misuzu Shobo, publisher, 1978 (HC)

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1982 (HC)
"To my whom the ensuing pages are most lovingly dedicated"

Juvenilia (1935-1939)
Postwar Meditations (1946-1957)
The New York Philharmonic Years (1959-1967)
The last Decade Till Now: 1969-1980.

Foreign Editions:
British: Macdonald & Co., 1982 (HC)
French (Paris): Les Mots de Ma Vie, Ed. Robert Laffont, 1983 (PB)
German (Hamburg): Erkenntnisse, Albrecht Knaus Verlag, 1983 (HC)
(Munich): Wilhelm Goldmann Verlag, B. Schott's Söhne, 1986 (PB)

Leonard Bernstein, Ausgewählte Texte (Selected Writings) (German)
Compiled By Hans Christian Meiser
Munich: Wilhelm Goldmann Verlag, 1988 (PB)

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