V008: Eugene Lehner Interview

Non-commercial videotape (NTSC), color, 30:30 (2 copies)

Produced by Christopher Lydon and K. Robert Kramer
Edited by K. Robert Kramer
Executive producer: Alan Foster
A co-production of WGBH Boston and WGBY Springfield

Time Description
0:00 Credits: The 10 o'clock News
0:45 Introduction to Lehner's career by anchorman Christopher Lydon
1:30 Scenes from Tanglewood, Lehner working with the Shanghai String Quartet on a Haydn quartet
2:30 Interview with Lehner
3:10 Interview with Benjamin Zander, conductor of the Boston Philharmonic
3:20 Lehner and Shanghai SQ
4:20 Lehner discusses his work with Schoenberg and the importance of "clarity"
5:00 Lehner discusses his musical beginnings when, as a child, Bartók encouraged him to play the violin
5:55 Lehner rehearses the Bartók Fourth SQ with the Shanghai SQ
6:15 When he heard Bartók's First SQ, Lehner decided to devote his career to being part of a SQ
8:00 "The job of the musician is . . . to communicate."
11:25 Photos of Lehner with the Kolisch quartet; Lehner discusses his work with the composers of the Second Viennese School: "Schoenberg, the Father; Berg, the Son; and Webern, the Holy Ghost"
13:00 Lehner felt they were not a "great" quartet; they were not precise enough, not beautiful enough
14:00 Lehner shows the interviewer around his study, introducing him to the photos, framed correspondence, and his library
18:00 Lehner emphasizes that musicians should try to follow the intentions of the composer
18:30 Importance of Robert Mann of Juilliard Quartet for Lehner's development
19:20 Serge Koussevitzky's and Segei Ozawa's importance for the Boston Symphony
20:15 Lehner discusses his (favorable) impression of Yo-Yo Ma
21:15 Rudolf Serkin and Vladimir Horowitz also impressed him with their originality
22:45     Lehner discusses Beethoven's C-sharp minor SQ
24:35 Lehner discusses a Renoir painting that he loves
26:35 "For me, the greatest mystery is the composer." Lehner discusses the idea of musical inspiration
26:45 He loves music-playing, listening, coaching, teaching – these are the reasons for his happiness.
28:30 Lehner discusses his idea of the afterlife.
29:30 Credits
30:30 End