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Evenings with Horowitz: A Personal Portrait

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  47 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Evenings with Horowitz details a special friendship between two musicians. The book is a vivid account of their mutual passion for music and the piano. It reflects the struggles and triumphs of Vladimir Horowitz, a flaming genius who was also insecure and
Paperback, 342 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Amadeus Press (first published 1991)
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Mar 27, 2012 Lobstergirl rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lobstergirl by: Mikhail Shchepkin
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Two things stand out about this book, which is the result of Juilliard professor David Dubal's friendship and conversations with Vladimir and Wanda Horowitz over the course of several years. First, the Horowitzes are just about the most neurotic, self-centered, narcissistic, childish, needy people you could ever meet. Second, Dubal is a world-class brownnoser. This is the only reason he was admitted into the Horowitz's inner circle and was able to stay there. As soon as he stopped brownnosing, h ...more
Alexander Arsov
David Dubal

Evenings With Horowitz: A Personal Portrait

Birch Lane Press, Hardback, 1991.

8vo. xxvi, 321 pp.

First published in 1991.


Author to Reader

1. The First Twenty-two Years
2. Horowitz Conquers the World
3. An Early Retirement
4. The Triumphant Return
5. The Second Coming
6. My First Visit With the Maestro
7. The Greatest Paws in the World
8. Horowitz Decides to Visit Julliard
9. Horowitz and Schumann Merge
10. Getting the Right Tempo
11. ''I Like to Improvise''
Pramod Reddy
The last romantic.
Jon Young
The best parts involve only Horowitz and not David Dubal. The part about Horowitz getting his very quick start is very enjoyable, but David Dubal's antics, as his own character in the book, were insufferable.
neat views and stories about composers, techniques, style--fascinating portrait of fascinating man
Tim Declaire
Very interesting if you play piano and worship Vladimir Horowitz.
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“Mrs. Horowitz said, "It is inexcusable that humans think they can murder other animals because they murder themselves. I must tell you, I hate humans. They terrify me."

"They should," I continued. "I interviewed Yehudi Menuhin the other day.”
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