“Music, of all the arts, stands in a special region, unlit by any star but its own": The Joy of Music; Signed by Leonard Bernstein

  • The Joy of Music.

The Joy of Music.

Item Number: 44055

New York: Simon and Schuster, 1959.

First edition, fourth printing of this classic work, a national best-seller on its publication, Bernstein’s first collection of essays and conversations on the world of music. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Leonard Bernstein on the front free endpaper. Small name above, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear. Dust jacket design by Ronald Clyne. Rare and desirable signed by Bernstein.

This classic work is perhaps Bernstein's finest collection of conversations on the meaning and wonder of music. This book is a must for all music fans who wish to experience music more fully and deeply through one of the most inspired, and inspiring, music intellects of our time. Employing the creative device of "Imaginary Conversations" in the first section of his book, Bernstein illuminates the importance of the symphony in America, the greatness of Beethoven, and the art of composing. The book also includes a photo section and a third section with the transcripts from his televised Omnibus music series, including "Beethoven's Fifth Symphony," "The World of Jazz," "Introduction to Modern Music," and "What Makes Opera Grand."