Well I did go to the Paley (had to watch it in a cubicle) to see this and it is terrific. An hour with a young Elmer explaining his process to students and getting up and playing examples with a full orchestra! The host explained how different this show was because this series usually centered on musical theater so this was an offbeat edition. Elmer was fresh from being in New York to do the background music to LAURETTE on Broadway, which Kritzerland has released.
This is an example of something that seemed to be possible only in the early days of TV. Thanks to the Paley for getting a hold of these and making them available.
I have noticed something while watching these videos. It's his accent. Does anyone know what accent is that? It sounds to me Mid-Atlantic or the kind of an accent newscasters used to speak with back in those days. Anybody?
Yeah, I sometimes notice this weird mid-Atlantic accent in some people. James Horner is the same. Hans Zimmer too. Maybe because they've stayed in England for a while (I'm not sure about Bernstein) or because they think it sounds nicer or some other influence in the past.
I remember well an interview with the late Stanley Kauffmann on the latter's television show The Art of Film. This would have been in early 1967, since Bernstein was up for three Oscars at the time. He modestly pointed out that the situation gave him three ways to lose. They showed a scene from The Magnificent Seven (the burial procession) and some others that I cannot recall. Bernstein described Mag Seven as being merely functional and propulsive. He preferred working on subtler subjects.
The Art of Film. was a good series for a couple of years. Other guests included Edith Head, Richard Sylbert, and a sloshed Peter O'Toole. I think it was on WNET (Thirteen) before the days of PBS syndication.