Letters: Bernstein's Biography

In the review of Leonard Bernstein's unflattering biography ((MUSIC, May 18)), Michael Walsh's dismissal of Lenny as a musical self-parody is absurd. The excellent Vienna Beethoven cycle, along with Bernstein's first-rate Schumann, Haydn and Mahler, is testimony to Walsh's aesthetic silliness. Although several of Bernstein's recent compositions have been less than successful, that situation does not constitute proof of Bernstein's artistic irrelevance. Babe Ruth struck out more than most hitters, yet his niche in Cooperstown, N.Y., remains secure. Whatever his personal flaws, Bernstein is a powerful, worthwhile musical presence.

Philip Greenfield


Among Bernstein's accomplishments is his greatness as a teacher....

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