Vladimir Horowitz

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Vladimir Horowitz (October 1, 1903–November 5, 1989) was a classical pianist.

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  • I am famous, but I am not well known.
  • Perfection itself is imperfection.
  • It's better to make your own mistakes than to copy someone else's.
  • My future is in my past and my past is in my present. I must now make the present my future.
  • When I am on the stage, I'm a king. No one can interfere with me because I have something to do, and it has to be the best which is within me.
  • I'm a general. My soldiers are the keys, and I have to command them.
  • My face is my passport.
  • The piano is an orchestra with 88 … things, you know.
  • There are only three kinds of pianists; Jewish pianists, homosexual pianists, and bad pianists.
  • If I don't practice for a day, I know it. If I don't practice for two days, my wife knows it. If I don't practice for three days, the world knows it

Quotes[edit]

  • Of the Russian pianists I like only one, Richter. Gilels did some things well, but I did not like his mannerisms, the way he moved around while he was playing.
  • I was impressed mostly by Gieseking [Horowitz said in 1987]. He had a finished style, played with elegance, and had a fine musical mind.
  • I heard Edwin Fischer, who did not mean much to me. I heard another pianist in Berlin who had a big success and I thought he was awful — Mischa Levitzki. Just fingers, and you cannot listen only to fingers. There is a difference between artist and artisan. Levitzki was an artisan. But Ignaz Friedman, who I admired, was a great artist. He had wonderful fingers and a very personal, individual way of playing, even if some of his ideas were very strange to me. He had no hesitation touching up the music. I got annoyed with him at one concert when he changed the basses in Chopin's F minor Ballade. I didn't like that. For some reason he was happier making records than he was on the stage.
  • I liked him [Arthur Rubinstein] as a pianist. He was a good musician and had a fantastic repertoire. He never had a great technique, but certain things he played well. I heard him play some of the Chopin etudes, the easier ones with great panache and I told him I had never heard them played better. He said, "Do you mean it?" and I said, "Yes, I do mean it."

Quotes about Horowitz[edit]

  • I don’t believe that about his Chopin, actually. I think his Chopin was extraordinarily perceptive and terribly personal. ... On the criticism of Horowitz’ Chopin, I haven’t heard that myself, but I think that comes down to taste.

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