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Our in-store music selection of over 100,000 CDs and LPs includes: Rock, Alternative, Punk, Jazz, Classical, Soul, Funk, Blues, Hip Hop, other genres, and often Leonard Bernstein albums. Our in-store DVD selection of over 10,000 titles includes: Action, Comedy, Criterion, Disney, TV DVDs and more. We hope you can visit our unique record store to see our Leonard Bernstein record collection, Leonard Bernstein CD collection and much more. We are located in historic downtown Princeton, New Jersey, about one hour from New York City and Philadelphia, which is easily accessible by car, train and bus.

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They Might Be Giants played free show this past Record Store Day, April 21st, 2012!

You may not know this, but independent record stores have a holiday all their own. The third Saturday of April every year is National Record Store Day! We've participated in every one since it began five years ago, and every year we've had a fantastic turnout. This past April, we were thrilled to have the Grammy-award winning band They Might Be Giants help us celebrate by performing a free concert in the nearby Princeton Public Library courtyard. 

At this point, a very small percentage of you may be wondering, "wait, who are these guys?" I'm glad you asked - but the truth of the matter is you've probably heard them and just don't know it. Have you ever seen the intro to the hit TV show "Malcolm in the Middle"? That's them. Have you ever gotten "The Daily Show's" opening song stuck in your head? That's them, and we were honored that they chose our store as the place where they wanted to play.

We'd like to mention a special thanks to our friends at Princeton Public Library who graciously agreed to host the concert. (With all the merchandise we carry, we didn’t have the space!). The staff really went out of their way to pull this off.

The weather was great, the band was in fine form and the turnout was fantastic!  Over 1,000 folks showed up, and the band spent hours at the store after at a meet-and-greet posing for photos and signing autographs.  It was truly a memorable day.

In addition to TMBG, Record Store Day featured hundreds of limited edition vinyl records from the most talented musicians of our time. If you're interested in one of the limited edition releases at the next Record Store Day, we highly recommend you arrive early to maximize your chances of buying a copy. It's first come, first serve, so we look forward to seeing you bright and early!


Leonard Bernstein Biography

Leonard Bernstein (IPA pronunciation: ('b?nsta?n)) (August 25, 1918 ? October 14, 1990) was an American conductor, composer, and pianist. He was the first conductor born in the United States of America to receive world-wide acclaim, and is known for both his conducting of the New York Philharmonic, including the acclaimed Young People's Concerts series, and his multiple compositions, including West Side Story, Candide and On The Town.

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Leonard Bernstein Bio Continued

Bernstein was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1918 to a Jewish family from Rovno, Ukraine. His grandmother insisted his first name be Louis, but his parents always called him Leonard, as they liked the name better. He had his name changed to Leonard officially when he was fifteen. His father, Sam Bernstein, was a businessman, and initially opposed young Leonard's interest in music. Despite this, the elder Bernstein frequently took him to orchestra concerts. At a very young age, Bernstein heard a piano performance and was immediately captivated.

Leonard Bernstein Discography Updated January 2007
Leonard Bernstein Albums

Leonard Bernstein Vinyl & Leonard Bernstein CDs: 1930 - 1959

1933 -1936 Transcription: Copland: "El Salón Mexico", for 1 or 2 pianos
1935 Psalm 148, for voice & piano
1937 Largo -- Andante & Allegro, for 2 pianos
1937 Music for Two Pianos
1937 Piano Trio
1938 Music for the Dance I, for piano
1938 Music for the Dance II, for piano
1938 Piano Sonata
1938 The Birds, incidental music
1939 Scenes from the City of Sin, miniatures (8) for piano, 4 hands
ca. 1940 Studies (4), for 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons & piano
1940 Sonata for violin & piano
1940 The Peace, incidental music
1941 -1942 Sonata for clarinet & piano
1942 Symphony No.1 ("Jeremiah"), for mezzo & orchestra
1943 Anniversaries (7), for piano
1943 I Hate Music, cycle of "5 kid songs" for soprano & piano
1944 Dream With Me, song for voice & piano with obbligato cello
1944 Fancy Free, ballet
1944 New York, New York, song for voice & piano (from "On the Town")
1944 On the Town, musical
ca. 1945 I Know a Fellow, song for voice & piano
ca. 1945 It's Got To Be Bad To Be Good, song for voice & piano
ca. 1945 Lonely Me, song for voice & piano (originally written for "On the Town")
ca. 1945 Rio Babma, song for voice & piano
ca. 1945 Say When, song for voice & piano (originally written for "On the Town")
1945 Afterthought (study for ballet "Facsimile"), for voice & piano (withdrawn)
1945 Dance Episodes (3) from "On the Town", for orchestra
1945 Hashkiveinu, for tenor, chorus & organ
1946 Dance Variations (3) from Fancy Free, for orchestra
1946 Facsimile, ballet
1946 Facsimile, Choreographic Essay, for orchestra (from the ballet)
1947 -1948 Rondo for Lifey, for trumpet & piano (from "Brass Music")
1947 La Bonne Cuisine: 4 recipes, for voice & piano
1947 Rinah, Hebrew folksong arranged for chorus & orchestra
1947 Simchu Na, for chorus & piano
1948 Anniversaries (4), for piano
1948 Brass Music, pieces (5) for piano, trumpet, horn, trombone & tuba
1948 Elegy for Mippy I, for horn & piano (from "Brass Music")
1948 Fanfare for Bima, for brass quintet (from "Brass Music")
1948 Waltz for Mippy III, for tuba and piano (from "Brass Music")
1949 -1951 Anniversaries (5), for piano
1949 -1965 Symphony No..2 ("The Age of Anxiety"), for piano & orchestra or 2 pianos
1949 Love Songs (2), for voice & piano
1949 Prelude, Fugue & Riffs, for clarinet & jazz ensemble
1950 Elegy for Mippy II, for trombone (from "Brass Music")
1950 Peter Pan, incidental music (additional music by Rittman)
1950 Yigdal, Hebrew liturgical melody for chorus & piano
1951 Silhouette (Galilee), song for voice & piano
1951 Trouble in Tahiti, opera in 1 act (incorporated into opera "A Quiet Place")
1952 The Story of My Life, song for voice & piano (originally written for "Wonderful Town")
1953 Wonderful Town, musical in 2 acts
1954 On the Waterfront, song for voice & piano (withdrawn)
1954 Serenade (after Plato: Symposium), for violin, harp, percussion & strings; also for violin & piano
ca. 1955 Sabras (4), for piano
1955 -1956 Candide, operetta in 2 acts (original version, withdrawn)
1955 -1957 West Side Story, musical
1955 Get Hep!, marching song for voice & piano (withdrawn)
1955 On the Waterfront, symphonic suite
1955 Salomé, incidental music for voices & chamber orchestra (withdrawn)
1955 The Lark, incidental music for countertenor, chorus & percussion
1956 Best of All Posible Worlds, for voice & orchestra or piano (from "Candide")
1956 Glitter and Be Gay, for soprano & orchestra (from "Candide")
1956 Like Everybody Else (originally written for "West Side Story"), song for voice & piano
1956 Make Our Garden Grow, song for voice & orchestra or piano (from "Candide")
1956 Overture to Candide, for orchestra
1957 Harvard Choruses (2), for chorus (withdrawn)
1957 I Feel Pretty, song (from "West Side Story")
1957 Maria, song (from "West Side Story")
1957 Somewhere, song (from "West Side Story")
1957 Tonight, song (from "West Side Story")
1958 The Firstborn, incidental music for voice & chorus (withdrawn)

Leonard Bernstein Records and Leonard Bernstein CD Releases: 1960 - 2000

1960 Bridal Suite, for 2 pianos (includes "Three Wedding Dances")
1960 Symphonic Dances (9) from "West Side Story", for orchestra (orchestrated with Ramin & Kostal)
1961 Fanfare for the 25th Anniversary of the High School of Music & Art, N. Y. C., for brass ensemble
1961 Fanfare for the inauguration of J. F. Kennedy, for brass ensemble
1962 Pre- Performance remarks: "Don't be frightened. Mr. Gould is here..."
1963 -1977 Symphony No.3 ("Kaddish"), for soprano, speakers, choruses & orchestra; also for voices & piano
1964 Here Comes the Sun, song for voice & piano (from "The Skin of Our Teeth")
1964 Spring Will Come Again, song for voice & piano (originally written for "The Skin of Our Teeth")
1965 Chichester Psalms, for boy soloist, chorus & orchestra
1965 Presto Barbaro, for brass & percussion with optional piano (from "On the Waterfront" suite)
1966 06 22 Leonard Bernstein Discusses Charles Ives (Lecture)
1968 So Pretty, song for voice & piano
1969 Shivaree, for double brass ensemble & percussion (used in "Mass")
1970 Warm-up, a round for chorus, bell & scat sounds (used in "Mass")
1971 A Simple Song, for voice & piano (from "Mass")
1971 Mass, theatre piece for singers, players & dancers
1971 Meditations (2) from "Mass", for orchestra
1973 "if you can't eat you got to", for tenor & male chorus with optional bass & percussion
1973 -1977 A Little Norton Lecture, for tenor & male chorus (included in "Songfest")
1974 Dybbuk, ballet
1974 Dybbuk, Suite No.1, for tenor, bass & orchestra
1974 Dybbuk, Suite No.2 (Eight Dances), for orchestra
1976 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, musical (withdrawn)
1976 Take Care of This House, for voice & orchestra or piano (from "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue")
1977 Candide, suite from the operetta in 2 parts for voices, chorus & orchestra
1977 Meditations (3) from "Mass", for cello & orchestra; also for cello & piano
1977 Slava! A Political Overture, for orchestra
1977 Songfest, song cycle for 6 singers & orchestra or piano
1979 Piccola Serenata, vocalise for voice & piano
1979 The Madwoman of Central Park West, musical (collaboration; 2 numbers by Bernstein)
1979 Up, Up, Up, song for voice & piano (from "The Madwoman of Central Park West")
1980 A Musical Toast, for orchestra
1980 Divertimento, for orchestra
1981 Halil, nocturne for flute solo, piccolo, alto flute, percussion & harp; also for flute, piano & percussion
1981 Moby Diptych, pieces (2) for piano
1981 Olympic Hymn, for chorus & orchestra (withdrawn)
1981 Touches (Chorale, 8 Variations & Coda), competition test piece for piano
1983 -1984 A Quiet Place, opera in 4 acts (Original version; withdrawn)
1984 A Quiet Place, opera in 3 acts (Revised version)
1986 -1989 Concerto for Orchestra (Jubilee Games), for orchestra
1986 Opening Prayer, for baritone & small orchestra (used in "Concerto for Orchestra")
1986 Sean Song, song for voice, violin, viola, cello & harp (or piano)
1987 A Quiet Place ("Ruh und Frieden"), opera in 3 acts (German version of Revised version)
1987 The Race to Urga, musical
1988 12 -1989 01 Variations on an Octatonic Theme, for orchestra
1988 Anniversaries (13), for piano
1988 Arias & Barcarolles (7 of 9 songs in this set are by Bernstein), for mezzo, baritone, strings & percussion (or piano duet)
1988 Missa Brevis, for alto, chorus & percussion (or 7 violins & percussion)
1988 My Twelve-Tone Melody, song for voice & piano
1989 Candide, operetta in 2 acts (Concert version)
1989 Dance Suite, for brass quintet & optional percussion
1989 Vayomer Elohim (Let There Be Light), for voice & piano
1991 A Quiet Place, suite from the opera (arr. by Sid Ramin and M. T. Thomas with M. Barrett)

Leonard Bernstein Complete Works - Other

A White House Cantata, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (concert version of "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue")
Ain't Got No Tears Left, song for voice & piano (from "On the Town")
America Medley, for orchestra
America, song (from "West Side Story")
Another Love, song for voice & piano
Berlioz Takes a Trip, narration by Bernstein with orchestral accompaniment
By Bernstein, musical cabaret (withdrawn)
Candide, operetta in 2 acts (Chelsea version)
Candide, operetta in 2 acts (New York City Opera House version)
Candide, operetta in 2 acts (Scottish opera version)
Canon in Five Parts, for boys' chorus (from Symphony No.3)
How a Great Symphony Was Written (Lecture)
Invocation and Trance, for voice & orchestra (or 2 pianos) (from "Dybbuk")
Israelite Chorus, for chorus
Leonard Bernstein discusses material & structure in Bach's St. Matthew Passion (Lecture)
Lucky to Be Me, for voice & piano (from "On the Town")
On the Town, film score
On the Waterfront, film score
One Hand, One Heart, song (from "West Side Story")
Something's coming, song (from "West Side Story")
West Side Story, film score
Y'varekh'kha, for organ (arranged from "Concerto for Orchestra")

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