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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 08:10 PM

Van Cliburn, famed pianist, dies at 78

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Source: SF Chronicle.

Pianist Van Cliburn, the tall, gangly Texan whose 1958 victory at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow brought Cold War politics into the world of classical music and launched his own starry, though brief, career on the concert stage, died Wednesday morning at his home in Fort Worth. He was 78.
The cause of death was bone cancer, according to his longtime publicist, Mary Lou Falcone.
Mr. Cliburn's Moscow success, which came a mere six months after the anxiety-inducing launch of the Sputnik satellite, was seen as a cultural triumph for the West in a sphere that had been dominated by the Soviets. Mr. Cliburn's final performances in the competition were of concertos by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.


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Warren Stupidity Feb 2013 OP
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Response to Warren Stupidity (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 08:16 PM

1. Horrible way to go

I remember that big political deal over his winning. I thought it was dumb only the way a kid can think something adult is dumb. I remember seeing excerpts of his performance on TV and it was obvious his winning had nothing to do with politics.

He was brilliant.

RIP, Mr. Cliburn.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 08:49 PM

2. A sad day

I remember those news clips, too.

http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/18513000-421/van-cliburn-won-prestigious-moscow-piano-competition-at-23-dies.html

Nice commentary by Bob Schieffer in the 2008 video here on the 50th Anniversary of Cliburn's triumph in Russia.


I tried to catch the Cliburn Competition or recitals by the musicians on TV, not just for their performances but to appreciate what he had done for the art of music.


RIP.

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Response to Warren Stupidity (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 08:50 PM

3. A genius and a gracious man as well.

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Response to Warren Stupidity (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 09:05 PM

4. Locking, sorry. LBN Dupe. Please continue discussion on LBN link below


News of Cliburn's death in LBN here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014409782

Thanks.

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