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From there, the book returns to Horowitz's privileged childhood in Kiev, where he first encountered his instrument, and follows him through his difficult years as a Jewish ...
From there, the book returns to Horowitz's privileged childhood in Kiev, where he first encountered his instrument, and follows him through his difficult years as a Jewish student at the world-renowned Moscow conservatory and his defection to Berlin in the turbulent aftermath of the Russian Revolution. We see him transformed-in a very short time-form a talented provincial to a colossus on the international stage; he is an awe-inspiring figure who is envied by musicians throughout the world but who is also shadowed by demons. Harold Schonberg charts the course of Horowitz's many triumphs, he also describes the darker side of his life-his mysterious and tormenting years spent in seclusion and the tragic death of his daughter.
This full and accomplished portrait of Horowitz's life and music benefits particularly from the vivid personal anecdotes and revealing details that unfolded during a series of interviews the author conducted with the pianist towards the end of his life. Here is Horowitz the man, the musician, and the icon. Through Schonberg's own superb musical assessment of Horowitz's profound talent, technique and contribution to the artistic life of this century, this biography is a masterwork.