Barry Seldes


On his book Leonard Bernstein: The Political Life of an American Musician

Cover Interview of October 06, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Leonard Bernstein between politics and art.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“In the last decades of his life, Bernstein hoped to compose a work of operatic or hybrid form that would bring his fellow citizens back to the ethical-political outlook that they professed in the abstract but against which they acted in concrete situations.”

On the second:

“Social forces condition individual thinking and acting, and thereby constitute our very beings.”