The Omnibus series was launched by the Ford foundation to improve America's knowledge has become a hit show of the 1950s and was awarded by seven Emmy Awards among other prices. It was broadcast successively by ABC, CBS and NBC. The episodes hosted and conceived by Leonard Bernstein as the maestro's TV debuts as a pedagogue, are now available on medici.tv! In 1954, the first episode of this series, dedicated to Beethoven's Fifth Symphony gained such a success that it made it to the cover of Life Magazine, two weeks later, on November 29.
This third Omnibus episode hosted by Leonard Bernstein was broadcast three weeks after The world of jazz. It explains the role played by conductors in an orchestral performance. However, while conducting the first movement of Brahms' First Symphony, he amusingly remarks: "you see, they don't need me; they do perfectly well by themselves!"