and it could be news to some
Leonard Bernstein was invited in 1973 to the Charles Eliot Norton Chair
as Professor of Poetry at his alma mater, Harvard University,
to deliver a series of six lectures on music.
On Christmas Day, December 25, 1989, Bernstein conducted
in East Berlin's Schauspielhaus (Playhouse)
as part of a celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The concert was broadcast live in more than twenty countries
to an estimated audience of 100 million people.
For the occasion,
substituting the word Freiheit (freedom) for Freude (joy).
Bernstein, in the introduction to the program, said that
they had "taken the liberty" of doing this because of a
"most likely phony" story, apparently believed in some quarters,
that Schiller wrote an "Ode to Freedom" that is now presumed lost.
Bernstein's comment was,
"I'm sure that Beethoven would have given us his blessing."
Hope you will not miss out on Part 2, 3 & 4 of Bernstein's exposition
of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
--- On Tue, 12/23/08, Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote: