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In the Beginning: the First Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, 1962: Press coverage and more

Fort Worth Press scrapbook, October 1962

The Fort Worth Press, long since out of business, produced a multipage scrapbook of Cliburn Competition press coverage for readers to save and enjoy.  This document, like others on this page, can be viewed in the TCU/Special Collections digital repository;  scroll down to "View/Open." The document is text-searchable, except for the "Candid Extras" page in the center.

Application / promotional brochure for the first competition

Variously referred to as "brochure," "booklet" "catalogue" or even "prospectus," the application brochure for the first competition was a strong advertisement for Fort Worth as a cultural entity.  Its envelope showed an early globe logo that was soon replaced by the stylized piano logo used for many years.  View the complete application brochure in the TCU/Special Collections digital repository.

A two-page pamphlet, "Here's What They're Saying About Fort Worth," ca.1961, described the application brochure minutely and implied its importance in gathering support.

Piano Guild Notes, September-October 1962

The September-October 1962 edition of PGN devoted eight pages to the first Cliburn Competition, offering its own coverage plus columns from diverse sources.

Program for the first Van Cliburn competition

The program for the first Van Cliburn Competition included an insert with further information about the contestants.  View the program and insert in the TCU/Special Collections digital repository. The program is also available online courtesy of The Cliburn.

Commissioned piano composition

From the first competition onward the Van Cliburn Foundation commissioned piano works for the contestants to play during each of the contests.  In 1962 the piece was Lee Hoiby's Capriccio on Five Notes.