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Ninth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: A Life in Music (1993)

Two hour documentary on the famous music competition for young pianists from all over the world.




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Two hour documentary on the famous music competition for young pianists from all over the world.

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15 December 1993 (USA)  »

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An excellent insight into the world's preeminent competition.
21 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is another fine example of Peter Rosen's penetrating exploration into the inner workings of a music competition, the musicians who participate in it, their motivation, and the benefits they derive from winning and the exposure it gives them.

Most significantly, Reynolds Price, the American poet laureate, presents an eloquent and profound insight into what it is that makes a musician endure all the inherent hardships of "a life in music" concluding that the joy and satisfaction can be so extraordinary as to make it more than worth it.

It is also an uplifting experience to witness the degree of dedication exhibited by the thirty five young pianists to make music with the highest degree of artistry. The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition which is widely regarded as the foremost piano competition in the world demands a rigorous demonstration of the pianists' skills and musicianship through recital performances, chamber music, and concertos with orchestra. The performance level is amazingly high and testifies to these young musicians readiness to embark on major concert careers.

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