What is Classical Music?

Awarded four Emmys and hailed by Variety as "a rare moment in the symbiosis
of the arts and broadcasting," Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts
left their mark on television history. Aired on CBS from 1958 to 1972,
these 53 one-hour programs were written and hosted by Leonard Bernstein.
With the New York Philharmonic and guest artists providing the live music,
these programs brought musical concepts and music history to life for
generations of viewers. "Lectures accompanying music might not sound like
the formula of a hit kids' TV program, but Bernstein was the secret
ingredient who made it work" (Variety). Balancing scholarship and
showmanship, Maestro Bernstein brings the full range of his magnetic
personality to play in these programs. And he succeeds in infecting viewers
young and old, connoisseurs and the uninitiated, with his overwhelming love
of music.
Bernstein conducts Handel's "Water Music" and cites it as an indisputable
example of classical music. "Exact" is the word that best defines classical
music, Bernstein says, and he demonstrates with musical illustrations from
Bach's Fourth Brandenburg Concerto, Mozart's Concerto No. 21 and the
Marriage of Figaro, and Haydn's Symphony No. 102. The decline in classical
music at the end of the 18th century is tied to Beethoven and the Romantic
movement, and Bernstein conducts Beethoven's "Egmont" overture.

Title: What is Classical Music?
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
Video Director: Roger Englander
Genre: Special
Length: 59 minutes
Cat.No.: A035051240005