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Composer: Leonard Bernstein
Editor: Michael Mizrahi
Most of Bernstein's compositions for solo piano took the form of the Anniversary. Bernstein is not the first composer to have written a short homage to commemorate a special date; he perhaps took his inspiration from Virgil Thompson (1896-1989) and that composer's Portraits. Bernstein wrote a total of 29 Anniversaries spanning virtually the entirety of his creative life, from the early 1940s until the late 1980s. Each of the Anniversaries were written in honor of someone in Bernstein's life: mentors, friends, students, teachers. Except for those cited as “In Memoriam,” the Anniversaries were birthday presents, and thus, the honoree's birthday was included with the title.
Item number: 48024273
* These pieces were specifically chosen for the 2020-2024 NFMC Festivals Bulletin