The Van Cliburn Legend
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The Van Cliburn Legend

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Friend of Van Cliburn, pianist, composer, and radio executive Abram Chasins describes Cliburn's music career leading up to his win at the 1958 Tchaikovsky Competition, which made him world famous, and the year of concerts and performances which followed.
Hardcover, 238 pages
Published 1959 by Doubleday & Company, Inc
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Sep 19, 2012 Lobstergirl rated it 2 of 5 stars
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I note sadly that Van Cliburn is gravely ill with advanced bone cancer at the age of 78. Doubtless the obits have already been written. They won't be quoting this book, however.

Published in 1959, the year after Cliburn won the Tchaikovsky Competition at 23, this is a combination hagiography of the very young Van Cliburn, and a plea for America to pay more attention and give more sustenance to its artists. The U.S. has always compared unfavorably in this area with Russia/the Soviet Union, which n...more
A good look at the life of a musical genius.
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