Mieczyslaw Horszowski - Diminutive Giant of the Piano World

Ghenady Meirson
Submitted: Tue, October 30, 2012 - 10:50am EDT
Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Pianist
... music is a true elixir of youth, a life force

Outside Carnegie Hall, nicely dressed people held up sings that read "will pay any price for a ticket." At 97, it was Mieczyslaw Horszowski's last Carnegie recital. 

Horszowski's first Carnegie recital was in 1906 and his performing career continued into a deep age. Many of us, his Curtis students, and a cult-like following of music connoisseurs, attended as many of his concerts as we could.

Yes, Carnegie Hall was packed and electrified with Horszowski fans. That concert proved to all that music is a true elixir of youth, a life force. We saw a diminutive figure cross the stage so ever slowly and at the piano transform into a young man whose playing was pure poetry filled with a century of wisdom.

All of Hoszowski's Curtis students have fond memories and special experiences studying with him. We are lucky.

While I can't speak for his other students, I know I was too young and inexperienced to absorb the wealth of his knowledge. So many years later, now when I listen to his CDs or watch a rare YouTube clip from his last Carnegie Hall recital, I am grateful for that experience. 

I feel lucky.

 

Recommendations 

Last Carnegie Hall Recital video clip: http://youtu.be/ZCrsKGfJP_w 

Mieczyslaw Horszowski recordings at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Mieczyslaw+Horszowski 

Miecio: Remembrances of Mieczyslaw http://www.amazon.com/Miecio-Rememberances-Bice-Horszowski-Costa/dp/8881632721

New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/1993/05/24/obituaries/mieczyslaw-horszowski-is-dead-pianist-100-mastered-the-greats.html 

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mieczys%C5%82aw_Horszowski

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