He was one of the first American composers born and trained in the United States. Perhaps his best-known music is the musical, West Side Story. He was also well known as a pianist and a lecturer, He was one of the first conductors to perform the work of Charles Ives, who had composed some 50 years earlier.
A Jew, he is perhaps best known in liturgical music for his Mass.
Bernstein Mass – Interview with Marin Alsop
“Sanctus-Agnus Dei-Things Get Broken-Secret Songs”
Things Get Broken -Lords Prayer
Gospel-Sermon: “God Said”
“Qui tollis peccata mundi”
See, also, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hf83JiQZF5U
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