Maestro: All the Classical Music Featured in Bradley Cooper’s Bernstein Biopic

December 20, 2023, 5:05 pm | Updated: December 20, 2023, 5:27 p.m

All the classical music featured in Bradley Cooper's Maestro, from Leonard Bernstein to Beethoven.

All the classical music featured in Bradley Cooper’s Maestro, from Leonard Bernstein to Beethoven.

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“Maestro” has officially arrived on Netflix, bringing with it an epic soundtrack by Mahler, Beethoven and Leonard Bernstein himself. Here’s everything you need to know about all the featured classical music and its artists.

Bradley Cooper’s biopic on the life of American conductor Leonard Bernstein, Maestrolands on Netflix in December 2023. Packed to the brim with some of the greatest musical works of the 20th century and beyond, the critically acclaimed film brought classical music to a whole new audience.

From an epic Ely Cathedral scene with the London Symphony Orchestra to a quiet piano solo moment from Leonard Bernstein in his later years, classical music is at the forefront of this blockbuster.

As director, Cooper lets Bernstein’s music shine through every element of the film, with a soundtrack composed almost entirely of the composer’s own music that ranges from symphonic masterpieces to opera, ballet, Broadway musicals and jazzy choral masses.

The film also features music by Beethoven, William Walton and a memorable Mahler symphony in an unusual recreation of Leonard Bernstein’s 1973 concert at Ely Cathedral.

According to the record company Deutsche Grammophon, the music selection in the film was entirely Cooper’s.

The soundtrack consists primarily of new recordings by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézé-Séguin, who taught Cooper to conduct in Bernstein’s signature style, and also includes archival Bernstein recordings.

Bradley Cooper also learned to play the piano for the film, and although we do see his hands on the keyboard, the final score on the soundtrack is by Victoria Ruggiero.

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Maestro focuses on the life and marriage of conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein, played by Bradley Cooper, and his wife, Felicia Montealegre Bernstein, played by Carey Mulligan.

“[Bernstein] it was punk rock,” Cooper told Classic FM. “And he was so intoxicating. Everyone we talked to talked about how when he walked into the room, he just took over. He just had talent dripping from him.

The film’s climax sees Cooper as Bernstein conducting the London Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s euphoric Symphony No. 2 at Ely Cathedral – a moment that took more than six years of preparation to capture in one take.

With a triumphant wave of the baton, Bradley Cooper leads the London Symphony Orchestra to a roaring finale in one of the most monumental cinematic scenes of 2023.

Cooper told Classic FM that the experience felt like he was “levitating above the orchestra”.

“The one thing I knew we had was the nuclear energy in his music,” Cooper said. “The whole film was written to his music! It’s a symphonic musical element, the film itself.”

His hope for the film, the actor said, is that more people will turn to Leonard Bernstein’s music after seeing it. “And hopefully Gustav Mahler too,” he added.

Read more: Bradley Cooper says he’s ‘levitating above the orchestra’ in surreal scene of Maestro conducting

How Yannick Nézé-Séguin taught Bradley Cooper to conduct like Bernstein | Classic FM

So, whether you’re a newcomer or a longtime classical music lover, dig in Maestrothe sensational soundtrack of and work by the greatest musical icon of the 20th century. After all, that’s what Bradley Cooper wants…

All musical works included in the Maestro – full list

  • Leonard Bernstein – “Symphonic Suite” by On the shore
  • Robert Schumann – Manfred Overture
  • Leonard Bernstein – “Galop”, “Enter Three Sailors” and “Fancy Free: Variation 5” by Fancy free
  • Leonard Bernstein – “Lonely City. Pas de Deux’, ‘I Get Carried Away/You’ve Got That Look’ and ‘New York, New York’ from In the city
  • Leonard Bernstein – Interlude by Trouble in Tahiti
  • Leonard Bernstein – “Paris Waltz”, “Make Our Garden Grow” and Overture from Candide
  • Leonard Bernstein – Many Adagios by Facsimile
  • Leonard Bernstein – Anniversaries for Orchestra #10: for Felicia Montealegre
  • Leonard Bernstein – “To What You Said” by Songfest
  • Gustav Mahler – “Adagio” from Symphony No.5
  • Leonard Bernstein – Prologue by West Side Story
  • Leonard Bernstein – “Pax Communion” by TABLE
  • William Walton – “Sir Beelzebub” by Facade
  • Gustav Mahler – Finale from Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection”
  • Leonard Bernstein – Prologue from Symphony No. 2, “The Age of Anxiety”
  • Lincoln Chase – The clapping song
  • Leonard Bernstein – Postlude by A quiet place
  • Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No.8
  • Leonard Bernstein – Psalm 23 by Chichester Psalms
  • Leonard Bernstein – “Din-Torah” from Symphony No. 3, “Kaddish”

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