Van Cliburn – LGBT Music Monday

April 1958, a 23 year old gay man from Texas won the first International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow.  His album of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto became the first classical recording to sell one million copies. He was the first classical musician to get  a ticker tape parade in NYC and later the cover of Time magazine. The events and the fame that followed  never diminished his humility and kindness, but did accentuate his immense talent.  And if you erroneously believe that his music isn’t still an influence, I suggest you watch the second video.

  • katnaptural

    I don’t know how old you are, but I remember commercials for this gentleman and his albums of classical music when I was in grade school. Had no idea who he was or how he became so famous. Ironically enough, a few weeks ago he breezed through my mind for some reason along with as couple other musicians no one really knew about. Thanks for the back story. I love classical music and because of your article, will download some of his interpretations of some of the finest orchestrations in the world. Appreciate the trip thru the Way back. 🙂

    • I’m just a fan of classical music (among many other genres). That he happen to be a gay man honored throughout the world at a time when most gay men were being imprisoned only adds icing to the cake. Thanks for stopping by.