Google is celebrating Leonard Bernstein‘s 100th birthday with a colorful Google Doodle of the legendary composer-conductor.
Overseen by art lead Lydia Nichols and motion designer Stan Cameron, Saturday’s (Aug. 25) Doodle includes a lively 45-second animated video clip of Bernstein’s most iconic work, the score to West Side Story.
Bernstein was born to Russian-Jewish immigrant parents in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on Aug. 25, 1918. His musical interest sparked at age 10 when his family received an upright piano. Bernstein’s talent and passion later earned him a spot as the youngest conductor to lead the New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.
“I want to conduct,” Bernstein once wrote, according to Google’s blog. “I want to play the piano. I want to write for Hollywood. I want to write symphonic music. I want to keep on trying to be, in the full sense of that wonderful word, a musician. I also want to teach. I want to write books and poetry. And I think I can still do justice to them all.”
In addition to composing and conducting, Bernstein was a skilled lecturer and published books about music.
Watch Bernstein’s Google Doodle video below.