The Van Cliburn Piano Competition Over the Years

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Every 4 years, Fort Worth, Texas, becomes the centre of the classical music world with its Van Cliburn Piano Competition. Documentaries have also been made of a lot of them. I found the Van Cliburn Foundation had posted a lot of preview clips of these videos so here are a bunch. It might be a bit more time than you have right now, but perhaps bookmark the post and come back to gradually digest it all?

I have only seen one of these videos fully (2005), but I absolutely LOVED it, and I know I would love all the others because I love watching this sort of stuff. There are few things that stirs my heart more than to watch more than classical pianists playing their hearts and souls out, with some insight they give about their thoughts, feelings, lives, loves for the music and so on. These videos are full of this stuff!

I MUST put it on my long-term plans to attend Van Cliburn 2013 before I missed it again like I did just this year! I couldn’t have made it anyway, as it turned out, but still. I dread the thought of having to wait 4 more years!

On with the clips, though. Before all these preview clips is a short video of 23 year old Van Cliburn winning the first Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia during April 1958, which made him the ambassadorial legend between the two countries through the Cold War and to this day.

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Then a clip of what the competition is about in 3 minutes…

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And here are the clips from various years…

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Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 8.0

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