Not another one! Now it’s Van Cliburn RIP.

Goodness but we’re really going through a bad time, with musical personalities dying off left right and centre. Latest to add to the list is Van Cliburn, who died this morning aged 78.

The New York Times has an extensive obituary online, which naturally enough gives a lot of space to the pianist’s win at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1958 and his triumphant homecoming to a New York ticker-tape parade.

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