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Horowitz makes Chopin’s “Aeolian Harp” étude seem effortless.

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Horowitz plays a concert at the White House in 1978 for President Jimmy Carter. 

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My tragedy in life is that I never wanted to be a pianist. Piano was for fun. I wanted to be a composer.
Vladimir Horowitz in a 1988 interview with Anthony Tommasini. He would go on to say that he had written a stack of music 12 inches high. 
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Horowitz and Samuel Barber, left to right.

Horowitz and Samuel Barber, left to right.

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artist: Vladimir Horowitz
song: Stars and Stripes Forever
played: 189

Today is the (would-be) birthday of American composer John Philip Sousa. He always wanted to be an opera composer, something that is evident in some of his more incidental music. His eventual fame, though, is accredited to his marches. Some of them have become so engrained in the American ear that marches by other composers are automatically attributed to Sousa, informally, or claimed to be “in the style of Sousa”. Some argue that his are not the best or most original marches and that they are formulaic to a fault, by and large, but as with so many composers and musicians, Sousa was fortunate enough to have circumstance on his side, and his 1880 appointment as the director of the US Marine Corps Band all but solidified his name in the canon of American music. He would eventually form his own band and tour to give more than 15,000 concerts.

Despite his paint-by-numbers approach to many of his works, there is nevertheless a certain attractiveness to his music that is difficult to put a finger on; several important musicians and composers realize this. One of the most famous realizations is the famed Russian pianist Vladimir Horowitz’s virtuosic piano transcription of “Stars and Stripes Forever”, which he wrote in celebration of his new American citizenry. It has since become a mainstay as an encore piece.

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