'Three Gs and an E flat' -- Bernstein on Beethoven's 5th

'Three Gs and an E flat' -- Bernstein on Beethoven's 5th
Photo by Margaret H. Laing

Author’s Note: Thanks to my esteemed colleague Aquinas Wired for his celebration of Beethoven’s birthday (in December) in his blog, The Quark in the Road. It reminded me of Leonard Bernstein’s lecture about Beethoven’s 5th, which I remembered for the vivid description I mentioned in this headline. To ease my hands, I’ve chosen to share the video of Bernstein on “Omnibus” in 1954. He can say it better than I, and you can hear it.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=leonard+bernstein+on+beethoven+5th+symphony&docid=608032812259815792&mid=4B56D76324CE238CE52B4B56D76324CE238CE52B&view=detail&FORM=VIRE

Happy new year to all of my readers, near and far, new and veteran.

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  • Wonderful post! I really enjoyed this. But I am shocked, at how cultured and intelligent these people are. What happened?! When did TV get so stupid?

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    I'm sad to say I think it's been so for nearly 60 years. This program was made in 1954. By the early '60s, legendary CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow had worked for the Kennedy administration for a few years before his death. As Alexander Kendrick's great Murrow biography, "Prime TIme," puts it, "Edward R. Murrow was dead. 'The Beverly Hillbillies' lived on."

    Sigh.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    A Sigh of the times.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    A sigh, aye.

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    We still have PBS. And CBS Sunday Morning.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Long may both broadcast. Thank you.

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