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In the Beginning: the First Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, 1962: Previews

Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce thinks big ...

Fort Worth's Chamber of Commerce anticipated the first Cliburn Competition with a magazine cover and article, December 1961. Though brief, the article shows Fort Worth's great expectations for the new competition: "Fort Worth ... Music Capital: the Van Cliburn International Competition will become a permanent landmark in world culture." To attract the finest pianists, the article said, the U.S. Information Agency sent word about the competition "to every country on the globe."

 

 

but from Saturday Review, a note of caution

Just prior to the event, Saturday Review speculated about the new competition in the context of a recurring debate: are music competitions helpful, or are they antithetical to artistic achievement?