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Kilgore's Van Cliburn, American classical pianist, dies at 78
Longview News-Journal ^

Posted on 02/27/2013 10:08:37 AM PST by mnehring

an Cliburn, the internationally celebrated pianist who grew up in Kilgore and whose triumph at a 1958 Moscow competition helped thaw the Cold War and launched a spectacular career that made him the rare classical musician to enjoy rock star status, has died. He was 78.

Cliburn died early Wednesday at his Fort Worth home surrounded by loved ones following a battle with bone cancer, said his publicist and longtime friend Mary Lou Falcone.

Cliburn made what would be his last public appearance in September at the 50th anniversary of the prestigious piano competition named for him. Speaking to the audience in Fort Worth, he saluted the many past contestants, the orchestra and the city.

"Never forget: I love you all from the bottom of my heart, forever," he said to a roaring standing ovation.

Cliburn skyrocketed to fame when he won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow at age 23 in 1958, six months after the Soviets' launch of Sputnik embarrassed the U.S.

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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: kilgore; obituary; pianist; vancliburn
My mom lived next door to Van Cliburn when she was a child and has a lot of stories about him. Said he was an extremely pleasant, warm guy.
1 posted on 02/27/2013 10:08:45 AM PST by mnehring
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To: mnehring
In my mind, an iconic image of the late 50's/early 60's


2 posted on 02/27/2013 10:11:23 AM PST by llevrok (Keep your arms out. ItÂ’ll make it harder for them to throw a net over you.)
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To: mnehring

I had a number of his recordings on 33-1/3 records when I was much younger, and I heard him play live at concerts several times. Now I learn that he is just 78. I would have thought he was quite a bit older. He certainly seemed authoritative back then.


3 posted on 02/27/2013 10:15:30 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: mnehring

Van Cliburn was the absolute cat’s meow, set the world afire in the late 50’s and 60’s. It wasn’t just that he was a great pianist, he did it, in Moscow in their face, at a time when the USSR had just launched Sputnik and the US wanted a “boost”.


4 posted on 02/27/2013 10:16:02 AM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (This stuff we're going through now, this is nothing compared to the middle ages.)
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To: mnehring

His talent was inspirational. My folks loved Van Cliburn and started me on piano lessons as soon as they could afford it. Alas, to no avail. I didn’t have a talent for it really. His artistry will be missed.


5 posted on 02/27/2013 10:16:05 AM PST by MWestMom (Will Americans stop someone who views our children as "collateral damage" in their quest for power?)
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To: mnehring
I've always heard Van Cliburn was a perfect gentleman. I'll always remember him as an early Cold War American hero. I still enjoy some of those RCA Living Stereo recordings he did from the late 50's/early 60's.

R.I.P. Van Cliburn.

6 posted on 02/27/2013 10:17:12 AM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: MWestMom

Tchaikovsky piano concerto number six played by VanCliburn is perfect music


7 posted on 02/27/2013 10:23:08 AM PST by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: mnehring

Talented guy. RIP.


8 posted on 02/27/2013 10:26:55 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Chickensoup

Oh yes! He was my teen idol after winning the Tchaikovsky Competition. Saw him in concert first when I was in junior high, then in high school, I actually met him. What a thrill! Had all his albums (33 1/3) and listened to him constantly. He will be missed.


9 posted on 02/27/2013 10:35:19 AM PST by MomofMarine
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To: mnehring

Van Cliburn performing his own arrangement of “Moscow Nights” as an encore in 1958 during the Tchaikowsky Competition:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1vZWJT-XGw


10 posted on 02/27/2013 10:40:04 AM PST by Deo volente (God willing, America shall survive this Obamanation.)
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To: Drumbo; Publius; ConorMacNessa; AZamericonnie; Kathy in Alaska; LUV W

ping


11 posted on 02/27/2013 10:53:21 AM PST by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: mnehring

***Cliburn skyrocketed to fame when he won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow at age 23 in 1958,****

I read that Cliburn played so well the judges were upset that a Russian did not win. Rather than give Cliburn the award they woke up Nikita Khrushchev who told them to give it to Cliburn because his rendition was the best.


12 posted on 02/27/2013 10:57:29 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (THE SOUND OF MUSIC at the POTEET THEATRE in OKC! See our murals before they are painted over!)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

God rest his most talented soul!


13 posted on 02/27/2013 11:01:59 AM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: mnehring

Rest in peace Van Cliburn.


14 posted on 02/27/2013 11:05:21 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: MomofMarine

How fortuante of you to have that experience.


15 posted on 02/27/2013 11:11:28 AM PST by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: Borges; sitetest

ping


16 posted on 02/27/2013 12:45:41 PM PST by EveningStar ("What color is the sky in your world?" -- Frasier Crane)
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To: Chickensoup
There are only 2 complete piano concertos by Tchaikovsky, and one incomplete one. Cliburn made his mark with #1.

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto #1 in B-flat minor (Cliburn's 1958 recording with Kondrashin conducting a pickup orchestra of New York musicians)

17 posted on 02/27/2013 12:47:18 PM PST by Publius
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Dear EveningStar,

Thanks for the ping.

Classical Music Ping List ping.

If you’d like on or off this list, let me know via FR e-mail.

Thanks,

sitetest


18 posted on 02/27/2013 12:54:57 PM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Publius

YOu are right, my lousy memory loses again!


19 posted on 02/27/2013 1:27:29 PM PST by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: mnehring; windcliff; stylecouncilor

RIP Van Cliburn.

Lord, receive his soul.


20 posted on 02/27/2013 1:28:33 PM PST by onedoug
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To: sitetest

RIP...


21 posted on 02/27/2013 2:54:22 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: mnehring; mickie; flaglady47; hoosiermama; Chigirl 26; oswegodeee
I remember at the time thinking how he was the first pianist of note that didn't look like an aging, grey-faced, wrinkle-lined prune. I thought he was so cute....being a young whippersnapper myself.

He's in concert with the harpsichordists now. RIP, maestro.

Leni

22 posted on 02/27/2013 3:53:46 PM PST by MinuteGal
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To: mnehring

He was gay but kept his lifestyle completely to himself. R.I.P.


23 posted on 02/27/2013 4:33:17 PM PST by Borges
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To: mnehring

RIP to a great artist.


24 posted on 02/27/2013 6:31:52 PM PST by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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