Seymour Bernstein: An Introduction

Posted on April 12, 2015


Seymour Bernstein: An Introduction – Ethan Hawke directed this documentary/biography of the master pianist, composer and teacher while in search of his own fulfilling purpose. I think it may be a new way for him to go.
Unlike the sadistic music teacher played by J. K. Simmons in Whiplash, Bernstein is a gentle instructor, coaxing his students into connecting with and feeling the notes, then praising them when they get it. For 57 years, he’s lived in a tiny one bedroom apartment in New York where he enjoys his solitude. He shares the story of his life, his nervousness when playing in public, his father’s unacceptance of him, and his rich, beautiful music that touches the highest and best emotions. He has many words of wisdom, believes in universal order, and that “salvation” is within.
It seems such a shame that we don’t reward great musical or any other artistic talent with even half the money we reward someone who kicks/throws/hits a ball.