Top of page

Ten-Thousand Intimate Friends: Leonard Bernstein’s Life in Letters

Share this post:

Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 29, the Music Division will sponsor a lecture by musicologist Nigel Simeone based on his new book, The Leonard Bernstein Letters. Simeone’s book includes 650 letters spanning Bernstein’s adolescence to the end of his life that provide a rare glimpse into the more private side of the great conductor and composer. Tomorrow’s presentation will take place at 12:00 noon in the Jefferson Building’s Whittall Pavilion, where a selection of Bernstein’s correspondence will also be on display. To learn more before tomorrow’s event, listen to NPR’s feature on Simeone’s book.


The Music Division is home to the Leonard Bernstein Collection, an archival collection that documents the life and career of Bernstein through correspondence, music manuscripts, sketches, photographs, writings, business papers, and a host of other material. To further explore the contents of the collection, check out the collection’s finding aid.

Add a Comment

This blog is governed by the general rules of respectful civil discourse. You are fully responsible for everything that you post. The content of all comments is released into the public domain unless clearly stated otherwise. The Library of Congress does not control the content posted. Nevertheless, the Library of Congress may monitor any user-generated content as it chooses and reserves the right to remove content for any reason whatever, without consent. Gratuitous links to sites are viewed as spam and may result in removed comments. We further reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to remove a user's privilege to post content on the Library site. Read our Comment and Posting Policy.

Required fields are indicated with an * asterisk.