When the World Stopped to Listen

When the World Stopped to Listen

Van Cliburn's Cold War Triumph and Its Aftermath

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Random House, Inc.
From the acclaimed author of A Natural History of the Piano, the captivating story of the 1958 international piano competition in Moscow, where, at the height of Cold War tensions, an American musician showed the potential of art to change the world.

April of 1958--the Iron Curtain was at its heaviest, and the outcome of the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition seemed preordained. Nonetheless, as star musicians from across the globe descended on Moscow, an unlikely favorite emerged: Van Cliburn, a polite, lanky Texan whose passionate virtuosity captured the Russian spirit.

This is the story of what unfolded that spring--for Cliburn and the other competitors, jurors, party officials, and citizens of the world who were touched by the outcome. It is a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most remarkable events in musical history, filled with political intrigue and personal struggle as artists strove for self-expression and governments jockeyed for prestige. And, at the core of it all: the value of artistic achievement, the supremacy of the heart, and the transcendent freedom that can be found, through music, even in the darkest moments of human history.

Baker & Taylor
The award-winning author of The Natural History of the Piano presents an account of the 1958 international piano competition in Moscow, where at the height of Cold War tensions, an American musician demonstrated the potential of art in changing the world for the better.

& Taylor

An account of the 1958 international piano competition, located in Moscow at the height of the Cold War, shows how American musician Van Cliburn was able to demonstrate art's capability to change the world.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 0385352182 hardcover
9780385352185 hardcover
Branch Call Number: 786.2092 ISA
Characteristics: 290 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm


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