Jan/Feb 2018: First Looks Book Review - When the World Stopped to Listen: Van Cliburn’s Cold War Triumph, and Its Aftermath

New Music Reviews Closer LookAs someone who was fortunate enough to study at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and to participate in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, this book was truly a delight. It not only brought back wonderful memories from Moscow and Fort Worth, but, more importantly, it gave me a much better historical a...
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DIGITAL-ONLY CONTENT: A conversation with Pamela Mia Paul, pre-screening jurist for the 2017 Cliburn Competition.

Pamela Mia Paul
During January and February of 2017, five jurors traveled the world to choose the 30 finalists for the Cliburn competition. The initial screeners, Lydia Artymiw, Anton Nel, and Angela Cheng, read applications and listened to online videos from 290 initial applicants! That team pared the list down to 146. The pre-screening jury, consisting of Dmitri...
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Remembering Van Cliburn

Remembering Van Cliburn
Earlier this year, the musical world lost one of the most iconic figures of the twentieth century.Van Cliburn was the first (and only) classical musician to receive a ticker-tape parade, the first classical musician to sell more than one million copies of a record. He played for royalty, heads of state, and every U.S. President from Harry Trum...
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How do you use DVDs and YouTube videos of historical pianists in your teaching?

A few years ago I asked piano majors in a piano pedagogy class to name some twentieth-century pianists. Elton John and Liberace were mentioned, but few classical pianists were identified. I later did a presentation to the group on historical pianists, beginning with Ludwig van Beethoven, his student Carl Czerny, and his two nineteenth-cen...
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