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The Ivory Trade: Music and the Business of Music at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
As a “ballyhooed epitome” of music popularization, the Cliburn contest in Fort Worth, Tex., shapes perceptions and wields enormous influence, yet Horowitz concludes that there are better ways of encouraging pianism and that the Cliburn competition cannot recover “the Romantic dream of the piano.” Drawing on interviews with contest organizers and participants, extensive rea ...more
Hardcover, 289 pages
Published 1990 by Summit Books
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Recommended to Lobstergirl by: Mark Mitchell
Horowitz's riveting tale of the 1989 Van Cliburn Competition is still relevant more than 20 years later, as even more international piano competitions clutter the globe today. Instigated by the eccentric former virtuoso pianist Van Cliburn and run by cohorts of extremely wealthy, bored society women with the money of their Forth Worth business-titan husbands, the quadrennial Cliburn competition winnows a field of dozens down to one gold medal winner and four or five also-rans in the midst of a m ...more