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Dearest Lenny: Letters from Japan and the Making of the World Maestro

Mari Yoshihara


Buried in the massive archives of Leonard Bernstein are many letters to the maestro from two unknown Japanese individuals: Kazuko Amano, who became a loyal fan of Bernstein in 1947, and Kunihiko Hashimoto, who fell deeply in love with Bernstein in 1979 and later came to be professionally involved in the maestro’s work. Using their passionate letters to trace their special relationship with Bernstein, Dearest Lenny explores how Bernstein, a quintessential American in so many ways, became the world maestro who reached and communicated so powerfully across borders. It follows Bernstein’s transfor ... More

Keywords: Leonard Bernstein, Japan, Kazuko Amano, Kunihiko Hashimoto, classical music, Cold War, letters

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190465780
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190465780.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mari Yoshihara, author
Professor of American Studies, University of Hawai'i