New York: Simon & Schuster, 1982. First Edition. Hardcover. Large octavo, 7-5/8 x 9-1/2", 1/2 black cloth, black paper over boards, 376pp, classified list of compositions, over 100 illustrations, photographs and musical notation Very good / Very good. Item #900124
Presentation inscription signed in red ink by the author at Christmastime in year of publication. Bernstein recalls his childhood, his education, his musical triumphs, enriched by his take on American music and culture, the art of conducting, and the role of music in the arts and in American society as a whole. Also included is his analysis of his greatest musical influences, including Beethoven and Mahler. Toning to edges of leaves, very good in price-clipped dust wrapper.