Thursday, February 28, 2013

Pianist Van Cliburn, I'll Just Say Thank You Now

Tears of sadness are being shed by women and men
all across the globe at the death this week of Mr. Van Cliburn,
who hailed from Texas. One of the twentieth century's
premier pianists, 1958 winner of the International Tchaikowskii
Competition,  he made LPs, CDs, touring the world capitals
of classical music. He went on to create his own International
Van Cliburn Piano Competition, which he hosted in Fort Worth,
Texas, near Dallas.

From concertizing pianists to music media mavens, to Juilliard
students and Interlochen camp attendees, his reputation as a
kind and encouraging master musician was as lengendary
as his pianistry.

Thank you Mr. Cliburn, you made a 13 year old Texan's
passion for serious music that day in 1958 when we heard
you won.

You've won a permanent place in our hearts.


  1. *Sigh* as an Interlochenite... it is a sad day indeed...

    1. Nate, How are you?? What instrument(s)
      do/did you play? I've known others who
      went to Interlochen. I have musical ability but was not allowed to take piano lessons offered FREE to me in high school, and got too busy/broke later....

      Whining rant over, I do have a 61 key midi-ized keyboard, should pull it out and pick out some tunes (from piano sonatas and concerti).

      I check YOUR blog every now and again, seem not to find any recent postings. Haven't forgotten that you put in some looong and intricate stories, etc., which I haven't done yet.
      Best Wishes!

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