Van Cliburn by Howard Reich

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Outlining an impressive musical career that spans over four decades, this solidly researched biography allows readers to meet the man behind the music. Lovers of classical music will be intrigued by the behind-the-scenes look at the only complete biography of Van Cliburn, one of the world's most famous and loved classical pianists.

About Howard Reich

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Howard Reich is the veteran jazz critic of the "Chicago Tribune" and the winner of many awards. A longtime correspondent for "Downbeat" magazine, he is also the author, with William Gaines, of the critically acclaimed biography "Jelly's Blues: The Life, Music, and Redemption of Jelly Roll Morton," He lives in suburban Chicago.
Published April 1, 1993 by Thomas Nelson Publishers. 428 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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From Cliburn's high-school high jinks to his wonder years at Juilliard, his early concert successes, his fabled first prize in the 1958 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow at the height of the cold war (an event that Reich sees as the beginning of the end of Communism 30-some years later), his subs...

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Telling much of the compelling story in the words of musicians, critics, friends and Cliburn himself, Reich shows why burnout, not failure, caused Cliburn to stop performing publicly until 1987, when he charmed Mikhail and Raisa Gorbachev in a concert at the White House.

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