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Bernstein and the Piano

By Richard Walters

As his principal instrument, the piano was inextricably a part of Leonard Bernstein’s musical life. There was no piano in his family home until he was ten years old, when an aunt’s upright was given to the Bernstein family of Roxbury, Massachusetts. As a boy Bernstein’s principal musical influences were the local synagogue and popular songs on the radio


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