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«Father enriched the world with his art»

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Leonard Bernstein with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in January 1961.

“West Side Story” is probably the most famous musical ever. It was composed by Leonard Bernstein (1918–1990) in the mid-1950s. On the occasion of the new production in Zurich, his son Alexander (67) remembers what it was like to grow up under the legendary conductor, whose classic two years ago was also filmed by Oscar winner Steven Spielberg (76), and why he is not always a great one had been father.

SonntagsBlick: Mr. Bernstein, “West Side Story” still enjoys great popularity after 70 years. Why?
Alexander Bernstein: The melodies from the musical have long since become classics. Everybody knows her. Music brings back fond memories for most people. At the same time, the compositions have remained timeless because they are so versatile – which is what is really astonishing and extraordinary about them.

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