Leonard Bernstein’s Lectures: 6. The Poetry of Earth

Bernstein’s lectures covered a lot of terrain, touching on poetry, linguistics, philosophy and physics. But the focus inevitably comes back to music — to how music works, or to the underlying grammar of music.

SIXTH LESSON: THE POETRY OF EARTH

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Leonard Bernstein’s Lectures: 5. The 20th Century Crisis

The lectures run over 11 hours. They’re considered masterpieces, beautiful examples of how to make complicated material accessible. And they’re available in full on YouTube.

FIFTH LESSON: THE 20TH CENTURY CRISIS

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Leonard Bernstein’s Lectures: 4. Delights & Dangers of Ambiguity

The lectures run over 11 hours. They’re considered masterpieces, beautiful examples of how to make complicated material accessible. And they’re available in full on YouTube.

FOURTH LESSON: DELIGHTS AND DANGERS OF AMBIGUITY

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Leonard Bernstein’s Lectures: 3. Musical Semantics

Delivered in the fall of 1973 and collectively titled “The Unanswered Question,” Bernstein’s lectures covered a lot of terrain, touching on poetry, linguistics, philosophy and physics. But the focus inevitably comes back to music — to how music works, or to the underlying grammar of music.

THIRD LESSON: MUSICAL SEMANTICS

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Leonard Bernstein’s Lectures: 2. Musical Syntax

Delivered in the fall of 1973 and collectively titled “The Unanswered Question,” Bernstein’s lectures covered a lot of terrain, touching on poetry, linguistics, philosophy and physics. But the focus inevitably comes back to music — to how music works, or to the underlying grammar of music.

SECOND LESSON: MUSICAL SYNTAX

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Leonard Bernstein’s Lectures: 1. Musical Phonology

In 1972, the composer Leonard Bernstein returned to Harvard, his alma mater, to serve as the Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry, with “Poetry” being defined in the broadest sense. The position, first created in 1925, asks faculty members to live on campus, advise students, and most importantly, deliver a series of six public lectures. T.S. Eliot, Aaron Copland, W.H. Auden, e.e. cummings, Robert Frost, Jorge Luis Borges — they all previously took part in this tradition. And Bernstein did too.

FIRST LESSON: MUSICAL PHONOLOGY

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