Bernstein: ‘Elegy for Mippy II’

As we approach Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday on August 25, I’ve been featuring a number of his lesser-known pieces in this space. Here’s another: The “Elegy for Mippy II” for solo trombone, composed in the late 1940s. Mippy was the name of Bernstein’s brother’s dog. The score instructs the player to provide a foot-tapping accompaniment. Ximo Vicedo is the trombonist in the video.

The daily routine of a master musician

Every artist should develop some sort of daily routine to further his or her art. Here, below, is the daily routine of the Swedish conductor/composer/trombonist Christian Lindberg. Regimented and extreme but effective, no doubt. And he seems a happy chap.