Saturday, November 13, 2010

Bernstein's Candide Overture

Since we are reading Voltaire's Candide, I thought I would include a link to a video of Leonard Bernstein conducting his Candide Overture. Bernstein, who composed the music to West Side Story, also composed Candide as an operetta in 1956. The music in the overture, though contemporary, somehow maintains a feel proper to Voltaire's novella. Perhaps one could relate this to how Candide ought to be disconnected from any time period or context. Anyway, enjoy!

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