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Letter to Felicia Montealegre Bernstein, 7/26/57

Letter to Felicia Montealegre Bernstein, 7/26/57
1997, Estate of Leonard Bernstein. By Permission of Amberson, Inc.
This letter was written by Bernstein to his wife, Felicia, on July 26, 1957. On the second page, he writes:

"... The show -- ah, yes. I am depressed with it. All the aspects of the score I like best -- the `big,' poetic parts -- get criticized as `operatic' -- & there's a concerted move to chuck them. What's the use? The 24-hour schedule goes on -- I am tired & nervous & apey. You wouldn't like me at all these days. This is the last show I do. The Philharmonic board approved the contract yesterday, & all is set. I'm going to be a conductor after all."