A Letter From The Publisher, may 19, 1958

ON a billboard in front of Manhattan's Carnegie Hall is a picture of a blue-eyed, shock-haired Texan, partly obscured by a green-lettered streamer: SOLD OUT. Long before the concert was scheduled, Berlin-based Musicologist Paul Moor, a onetime professional pianist himself, went to Moscow to cover the Tchaikovsky International Competition for TIME, soon began to file glowing reports about 23-year-old Van Cliburn's performances, and his triumph as a winner of the first piano prize. At the request of Cliburn's parents, Moor became a kind of ex-officio manager of Van's, traveled with him constantly, collecting...

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