He’s one of my favorite composers; Leonard Bernstein. West Side Story. Candide. 3 Symphonies. Choral works. And so many more.
But before you go traipsing off to Bernstein-land, listen to his music, this opening from the film, On The Waterfront, starring Marlon Brando.
What a beautiful, haunting theme runs through this piece. First played by French Horn, then flute and an echoing muted trombone. Pounding timpani. Then a streetwise saxophone plays a variation of the theme. Shades of Cool from West Side Story.