Bernstein on Beethoven

Leonard Bernstein is the ultimate master of his class. Luckily for us, that makes him both a brilliant talent for musical composition and a profound gift for musical pedagogy. In this footage, Bernstein and Maximilian Schell attempt to unearth the meaning behind Beethoven's 6th and 7th symphony. In understanding the story and process of how these pieces came to be, they can be heard with an understanding that is perhaps truer to Beethoven's original intent. Bernstein makes the case that Beethoven was less concerned with melodies and more focused on constructing music that is "so unpredictable and yet so right."