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What piece did van cliburn play at the tchicovsky competition in 1958?
Right here is where I'm talking about.
- petr bLv 79 years agoFavorite Answer
It is the Tchaikovsky piano concerto No. 1
The judges of that competition were in great fear about awarding the prize to an American, though he must have played better than the other competitors in order to be under consideration. They were very afraid of disciplining or worse from political higher-ups... In the early a.m. they managed to get through to Nikita Kruschev, the Soviet Premiere. He asked them if the young pianist had played better than the others, the answer was yes. Kruschev told the judges, "give him the prize then."
At the height of the cold war, his win had an inevitable political spin, an American winning a Soviet competition playing Russian music... he is the only American musician, of any sort, to be given a ticker-tape parade.
P.s. contestants play required repertoire and repertoire of their choice in the preliminary rounds. It was the Tchaikovsky concerto, in the finals, that cemented the award.