You know Leonard Bernstein from West Side Story, but he was a great classical composer as well. Frustrated with the constraints of classical music, he began to incorporate "fusion" of other styles. Howard Goodall shows you why he believes Bernstein's pioneereing "crossover music" ultimately changed the direction of classical music as well!
Howard Goodall is a well-known composer in his own right. But where he shines is when he explains music to us so that we can hear what he hears. In this piece, which is one of a four-part series for the BBC, Howard Goodall’s 20th-Century Greats, he argues that 20th century classic musicians had forgotten that music was to be enjoyed, and it was some exceptional popular music composers who created "the new classics."
If your idea of "music appreciation" was a boring class, prepare to be amazed and delighted by Howard Goodall's explanation of Bernard Herrman as one of the 20th-Century Greats!