It is now more than two years since I first came across this genius of a conductor, composer and musician - Leonard Bernstein, while researching some basics of music theory in 2011. I don’t think there is a single video of his that has not changed the way I understand and appreciate music. In fact, if there was one reason I’d like to go back in time, it would be to sit for his 1973 Harvard Lecture series titled ‘The Unanswered Question’.
Here in this post I aim to collect some of what I think are his best videos (which need not be seen in any particular order) only some of which I have seen myself. This list shall be updated as I find more.
What Does Music Mean? Part1, part2 part3, part4
What Is A Mode? Part1, part2, part3, part4
What Is A Melody? Part1, part2, part3 and part4
What is a Concerto? Part1, part2, part3, part4
What is Orchestration? Part1, part2, part3, part4
What Makes Music Symphonic? Part1, part2, part3, part4
What is Classical Music? Part1, part2, part3, part4
What is American Music? Part1, part2, part3, part4
Musical Atoms : A Study of Intervals Part1, part2, part3, part4, part5
Humor in Music Part1, part2, part3, part4
The Unanswered Question :
Part 1 : Musical Phonology
Part 2 : Musical Syntax
Part 3 : Musical Semantics
Part 4 : Delights and Dangers of Ambiguity
Part 5 : The XXth Century Crisis
Part 6 : The Poetry of Earth
Three cheers to ArtfulLearning for making most of this content available to the world. There is more on their channel.
P.S. Do share in the comments below, what you feel about these videos or any other work of his.