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ORIGINAL TELEVISION SCRIPTS

(Grouped according to series and listed chronologically by telecast, not by date of origination)

*'s = publication in the following books by Bernstein:
* = The Joy of Music
** =The Infinite Variety of Music
*** = LB's Young People's Concerts

OMNIBUS [Programs marked * = with studio orchestras]

  1. *"Beethoven's Fifth Symphony", with Symphony on the Air, 14 November 1954 [LP recording : CBS CL-918/ML-5868/MS-6468]
  2. *"The World of Jazz", 16 October 1955, [LP recording: CBS CL-919; Portuguese release: Isto E Jazz, CBS LPCB-30020; ALondon Symphony Orchestra released in Hebrew]
  3. *"The Art of Conducting" , 4 December 1955
  4. *"The Role of the University in American Life", (at Harvard) 25 March 1956
  5. *"The American in Musical Comedy", 7 October 1956
  6. *"Introduction to Modern Music", 13 January 1957
  7. *"The Music of Johann Sebastian Bach", 31 March 57
  8. "Bernstein : A Musical Travelogue", (re Israel) 1 December 1957
  9. *"What Makes Opera Grand?", 23 March 1958
  10. "A Midwinter Night's Dream", (re Lincoln Center) 1 January 1961
LINCOLN PRESENTS [with the New York Philharmonic]
  1. "Beethoven's Ninth Symphony", 30 November 1958
  2. **"Jazz in Serious Music", 25 January 1959
  3. **"The Infinite Variety of Music", 22 February 1959
  4. "The Humors of Music", 22 March 1959, [LP recording : CBS ML-5625/MS-6225]
FORD PRESENTS [with the New York Philharmonic]
  1. "Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic in Moscow" , 25 October 1959
  2. **"Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic in Venice: The Ageless Mozart", 22 November 1959
  3. "Christmas Startime", 22 December 1959 [The above three programs, as well as Program No. 1 of Lincoln Presents were privately recorded by Kenon and Eckhardt, Inc. NYC]
  4. "The Creative Performer", 31 January 1960
  5. **"Rhythm", 13 March 1960
  6. "Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic in Berlin", 24 November 1960
  7. **"Romanticism in Music", 22 January 1961
  8. "Drama into Opera: Oedipus Rex", 26 February 1961
  9. "A Joyful Noise", 14 December 1961
  10. "Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic in Japan", 6 February 1962
  11. "The Drama of Carmen", 11 March 1962
YOUNG PEOPLES CONCERTS [with the New York Philharmonic]
  1. ***"What Does Music Mean?", 18 January 1958
  2. ***"What Makes Music American?", 1 February 1958
  3. ***"What Is Orchestration?", 8 March 1958
  4. ***"What Makes Music Symphonic?", 13 December 1958
  5. ***"What is Classical Music?", 24 January 1958
  6. ***"Humor in Music", 28 February 1959
  7. "What is a Concerto?", 28 March 1959
  8. "Who is Gustav Mahler?" , 7 February 1960
  9. "Young Performers No. 1", 6 March 1960
  10. "Unusual Instruments of Present, Past and Future", 27 March 1960
  11. "Second Hurricane", 24 April 1960
  12. "Overtures and Preludes", 8 January 1961
  13. "Aaron Copland Birthday Party", 12 February 1961
  14. "Young Performers No. 2", 19 March 1961
  15. ***"Folk Music in the Concert Hall", 9 Apri; 1961
  16. ***"What is Impressionism?", 23 November 1961
  17. "The Road to Paris" , 18 January 1962
  18. "Igor Stravinsky Birthday Party", 26 March 1962
  19. "Young Performers No. 3", 14 April 1962
  20. "The Second of a Hall", 21 November 1962
  21. ***"What is a Melody?", 21 December 1962, (in revised edition)
  22. "Young Performers No. 4", 15 January 1963
  23. "The Latin American Spirit", 8 March 1963
  24. "A Tribute to Teachers", 29 November 1963
  25. "Young Performers No. 5", 23 December 1963
  26. "The Genius of Paul Hindemith", 23 February 1964
  27. "Jazz in the Concert Hall", 11 March 1964
  28. "What is Sonata Form?", 6 November 1964
  29. "Farewell to Nationalism", 30 November 1964
  30. "Young Performers No. 6" , 28 January 1965
  31. "A Tribute to Sibelius", 19 February 1965
  32. ***"Musical Atoms: A Study of Intervals", 29 November 1965
  33. "The Sound of an Orchestra", 14 December 1965
  34. "A Birthday Tribute to Shostakovich:, 5 January 1966
  35. "Young Performers No. 7", 22 February 1966
  36. "What is a Mode?", 23 November 1966
  37. "Young Performers No. 8", 27 January 1967
  38. "Charles Ives: American Pioneer", 23 February 1967
  39. "Alumni Reunion", 19 April 1967
  40. "A Toast to Vienna in 3/4 Time", 25 December 1967
  41. "Forever Beethoven", 28 January 1968
  42. "Young Performers No. 9", 31 March 1968
  43. "Quiz-Concert: How Musical Are You?", 26 May 1968
  44. "Fantastic Variations (Don Quixote)", 25 December 1968
  45. "Bach Transmogrified", 27 April 1969
  46. "Berlioz Takes a Trip", 25 May 1969
  47. "Two Ballet Birds", 14 September 1969
  48. "Fidelio: A Celebration of Life", 29 March 1970
  49. "The Anatomy of a Symphony Orchestra", 24 May 1970
  50. "A Copland Celebration", 27 December 1970
  51. "Thus Spoke Richard Strauss", 4 April 1971
  52. "Liszt and the Devil", 13 February 1972
  53. "Holst: the Planets", 26 March 1972
"THE UNANSWERED QUESTION" [Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard] [with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra] Dates given are air dates on the Public Broadcasting System. The original lectures took place in 1973.
  1. "Musical Phonology", 11 January 1976
  2. "Musical Syntax", 18 January 1976
  3. "Musical Semantics", 25 January 1976
  4. "The Delights and Dangers of Ambiguity", 8 February 1976
  5. "The Twentieth Century Crisis" , 15 February 1976
  6. "The Poetry of Earth", 22 February 1976 Published as a book. See listing under Books.
OTHER T.V. SCRIPTS [with LB as analyst, commentator]

  1. "Inside Pop-The Rock Revolution", with Janis Ian , 26 April 1967
  2. "The Symphonic Twilight", works by Stravinsky/Shostakovich/Sibelius, London Symphony Orchestra, 1967
  3. "Beethoven's Birthday: A Celebration in Vienna", Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, 24 December 1971
  4. "Stravinsky, Memorial Concert", London Symphony Orchestra, April 1972
  5. "Leonard Bernstein's Mass", Vienna introduced by LB, 27 February 1974
  6. "Bernstein at Tanglewood", introduction by LB, 25 December 1974
  7. "Stravinsky: Les Noces", English Bach Festival, 1977
  8. "Tribute to Aaron Copland", Kennedy Center Honors, December 1979
  9. "Teachers and Teaching", 1980
  10. "Beethoven/Bernstein" Series: The Nine Symphonies/String Quartet, Opus 131/Leonore Overture No. 3/Creatures of Prometheus/Coriolanus Overture/Egmont Overture/King Stephen Overture, Missa Solemnis, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna, filmed 1977-1981
  11. "America Celebrates Stravinsky", Washington, D.C., June 1982
  12. "Elgar Enigma Variations", BBC, 1982
  13. "Brahms/Bernstein" Series: The Four Symphonies/Academic Festival Overture/Tragic Overture/Serenade in A/Violin Concerto/Double Concerto/Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2/ Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, filmed in Vienna, Israel, London 1972-1983
  14. "Love of Three Orchestras", New York Philharmonic/Isreal Philharmonic Orchestra/Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, 1984
  15. "Shostakovich Symphony No. 9", Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra , filmed 1985
  16. "Haydn Paukenmesse", Bavarian Radio State Orchestra, 1985
  17. "The Little Drummer Boy", various orchestras, filmed 1986
  18. "Haydn The Creation", Bavarian Radio State Orchestra, Schleswig-Holstein, filmed 1986
  19. "Shostakovich Symphony No. 6", Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, filmed 1986
  20. "Bernstein at Salzau", 1987, I. Igor Stravinsky Le Sacre du Printemps II. The Competition, Schleswig-Holstein Orchestra, filmed 1987
  21. "Ives Symphony No. 2", Bavarian Radio State Orchestra, filmed 1987
  22. "Mozart Requiem", Bavarian Radio State Orchestra, 1988
  23. Berlin Freedom Concert, 1989
  24. "September 1, 1939", Warsaw, 1989
  25. "Mozart Mass in C Minor", Bavarian Radio State Orchestra, 1990
  26. Pacific Music Festival, 1990





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