Van Cliburn (1934-2013)

March 4, 2013

Great music, great art, great achievement, great human beings, greatness in all its incarnations is, in the words of this great American artist, “Forever!”

The eyes of Texas, America, the world, and now the angels are upon you.

Cliburn reflects on his place in artistic & political history.

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Our American hero, 2001, Kennedy Center Honors.

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An utterly charming Texan.

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An American in Moscow, 1962.

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3 Responses to Van Cliburn (1934-2013)

  1. Carm on March 10, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    A great moment from my youth.
    No gimmickry, no self aggrandizement,
    no arrogance. Just sublime excellence
    and artistry in service to our common legacy
    of great music.

    • Fred on March 10, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      His personal life was often more turbulent than the image suggested, but natural dignity overrode everything. Admirable.

  2. Sally Ridley Swan on March 14, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Genius. Humble. Sad. Gracious. Incomparable.Troubled. Other-worldly. Tormented. Wonderful. Magnificent. Bravo-forever!

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