Why Do They All Hate Horowitz?

Richard Taruskin

in The Danger of Music and Other Anti-Utopian Essays

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780520249776
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942790 | DOI:
Why Do They All Hate Horowitz?

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This chapter focuses on the works of Vladimir Horowitz and analyzes the nature of critical hostility towards his work. It refers to the article written by Michael Steinberg in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians in which he criticizes Horowitz for his essentially independent activity in Schumann's “Träumerei.” The review of Harold Schonberg's recent biography of Horowitz by Tim Page in the New Republic is also discussed. This is wherein he criticizes the lack of uniformity in his work. Joseph Horowitz's comments in the Musical Quarterly regarding Horowitz's performance of Chopin's B-minor Scherzo is also presented.

Keywords: Vladimir Horowitz; Michael Steinberg; New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians; Träumerei; Tim Page; Chopin's B-minor Scherzo

Chapter.  3042 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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