Monthly Archives: October 2015

Leonard Bernstein and “On the Waterfront”

Next week, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is playing Leonard Bernstein’s only original film score, for 1954’s On the Waterfront, in a live-to-picture concert presentation conducted by Richard Kaufman. Because of my extensive research into the background of Bernstein’s involvement — first in the essay collection On the Waterfront, later for the Criterion Collection DVD/Blu package — the CSO asked me to participate in a Q&A on the score. Here’s that piece.