Sunday, September 22, 2013

Fact of the Day: Cold War Musician

In 1958 during the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union hosted an international music competition. While the event was designed to demonstrate Soviet cultural superiority, it was won by an American. Van Cliburn's piano talent led to the audience giving him an eight minute standing ovation. When he returned home he was treated to a ticker-tape parade in New York City, the only time one has been held for a musician of classical music. 

12 comments:

  1. Yeah, that was such a big deal. Van Cliburn just died a few months ago actually. He remained very popular in Russia too.

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  2. Ha ha, if can't beat 'em............................

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  3. ahahahah!!!! ironic!!Great post. Kisses:)

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  4. wow 8 minutes of standing ovation :)

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  5. Interesting, and I wonder what pieces he played to have that long an ovation.

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  6. What a wonderful pianist! In the 60s my mom and I went to see him play at Carnegie Hall in New York, we loved him!

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  7. Music can mend all fences, at least for 8 minutes, it seems

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  8. Didnt knew that!

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