Horowitz, Vladimir


Signed 1966 Yale University School of Music concert program page



Autograph ID: 7061
Condition: Very good, 2 folds, very slight creasing
Description: “(1903-1989) Ukrainian-born Jewish-American classical pianist, acclaimed for his virtuoso technique, tone color, and the excitement engendered by his playing. Widely regarded as one of the greatest pianists of all time, he received piano instruction at an early age, and in 1912 entered the Kiev Conservatory. His 1st solo recital was in 1920. He soon toured Russia, often paid with bread, butter and chocolate due to economic hardship during the Russian Civil War. In 1922-23, he performed 23 concerts of 11 different programs in Petrograd alone. In Dec. 1925, Horowitz emigrated to the West. On Dec. 18, he performed in Berlin, later in Paris and London. His US debut was on Jan. 12, 1928, in Carnegie Hall, playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1; his rapport with his audience was phenomenal. In 1933, he played for the 1st time with conductor Arturo Toscanini in a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5; they would perform together many times, on stage and in recordings. In 1933, Horowitz married Toscanini’s daughter Wanda in a civil ceremony; she knew no Russian and Horowitz very little Italian, so their primary language was French. He became a US citizen in 1944. He made his TV debut in a concert taped at Carnegie Hall on Feb. 1, 1968, broadcast nationally by CBS on Sept. 22. Despite rapturous receptions at recitals, Horowitz grew increasingly unsure of his abilities and withdrew from public performances 1936-38, 1953-65, 1969-74, & 1983-85. His 1st US recordings were made in 1928. Horowitz’s 1st European-produced recording, made in 1930 by RCA Victor’s London affiliate, was of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, the world premiere recording of that piece. In 1985, he returned to performing and recording. His 1st post-retirement appearance was in the documentary film “Vladimir Horowitz: The Last Romantic”. In many later performances, the octogenarian substituted finesse and coloration for bravura, although he was still capable of remarkable technical feats. In 1986, Horowitz announced he would return to the USSR for the 1st time since 1925 for recitals in Moscow and Leningrad. The concerts were seen as events of political, as well as musical, significance. Most Moscow concert tickets were reserved for the USSR elite. That concert was released on a CD which was at the top of Billboard’s Classical Music charts for over a year and was widely seen on a Special Edition of CBS News Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt reporting from Moscow. Later that year he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Reagan. His last tour was in Europe in spring 1987, his last recital at Hamburg on June 21. He recorded for the rest of his life. His notable transcriptions include his “Variations on a Theme from Carmen” and Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever”, an audience favorite performed as an encore. He was a multi-Grammy Award recipient inc. a 1990 Lifetime Achievement Award.

10-3/4 x 7-3/4 program page from Horowitz”s Yale University School of Music November 13 1966 Woolsey Hall concert, New Haven, performing works by Haydn, Schumann, Chopin, Debussy and Liszt, signed at top right. With portrait photograph for matting and framing.”
Type: Signed concert program page

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