Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - October 29, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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‘Old Trouper’ Horowitz Still Playing
By Mary Campbell
NEW YORK (AP) - “I am an old frouper,” says Vladimir Horowitz, the classical pianist usually described in far more reverent phrases. “I know the more you practice, sometimes, the worse you get.
“Those people who think they should repeat the same passage 105 times, when they’re on the stage, they repeat it the 106th time. You have to take a chance sometimes; you may hit wrong notes but we’re all human lf you repeat it too much, it goes mechanical
“I practice in general not more than one hour to 14 hours every day. I don't miss. Those pianists who travel very much, they have no opportunity to do it Sometimes they don’t have an instrument to
use Violinists are more lucky Then traveling pianists come back home and play five hours
Horowitz, 70. can practice every day and take a daily two-mile walk near his Connecticut home because he travels so little that when he does each concert is a real “occasion.” Earlier this year, Horowitz played in Cleveland, and smilingly says that Cleveland thought it was seeing a ghost He also played at Kennedy Center For the fall, he scheduled two dates in Chicago and one at the Metropolitan Opera House here on Non 17 It will be his first New York concert in six years and the first at the Met by a solo classical artist
“I read so much in tho paper that the Met is in red ink,’’ said Horowitz. “I think it is our duty to do something for such institutions like opera I hope other artists will do it. too. They should.”
All proceeds will go to the opera
“When I was 18-19 years old and studying at the Kiev Conservatory. my teacher was giving me such lectures because instead of learning ‘Prelude and Fugue’ of Bach,
I was learning the opera scores of ‘dotterdanierung’ and 'Die Meistersinger’ by heart,” Horowitz says “I was interested in general in good music Symphony or opera — it is good music which brings culture to the country ”
Rex Harrison Says ‘Greatest Performance’ Was for Wife Kay
By Ronald Thomson
LONDON (AP) - Rex Harrison, the breezy star of “My Fair Lady”, says he put on his greatest performance to keep Kay Kendall, his third wife, from knowing she was dying of leukemia
The comedienne and dancer died in 1959 at the age of 28. never knowing what was wrong.
Harrison said doctors warned him that Miss Kendall must not be told of her illness. He kept the secret until the end two years later, masking personal agony rn his own flip and frivolous way.
Harrison tells the story in
Susan Hayward Leaves Hospital
ATLANTA. Ga (AP) -Academy award-winning actress Susan Hayward has been released from Emory University hospital and is returning to her home in California. a hospital spokesman says.
Miss Hayward. 55. has been hospitalized since early October and sources say she has been undergoing nonsurgical treatment for a brain tumor Her physician, Dr. George Tindall, has refused to disclose the results of a brain biopsy last July The hospital spokesman. John Rozier, said of Miss Hayward: “Her doctors say her condition is much improved "
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his autobiography, “Rex”, published last week by the MacMillan Publishing Co.
The story of Rex and Kay inspired Sir Terence Rattigan. one of Britain’s top playwrights, to write a play, “In Praise of Love", about a man faced with the same tragic challenge Harrison. HH, will appear in the lead when the play opens in Washington next month It will move later to New York
The star, married now for the fifth time, met Miss Kendall while he was married to Lilli Palmer. He said Miss Kendall, a flirtatious former chorus girl. had a vitality and joy in living which “infected me as nothing had ever done before ”
Harrison and Miss Palmer parted, and Rex and Ray became constant companions
Late in 195H, after Harrison’s success as Professor Higgins in the New York production of "My Fair Lady”, Miss Kendall complained of headaches and lassitude She underwent blood tests at the Harkness Pavilion in New York A doctor summoned Harrison, but was hesitant to tell him what was wrong.
“I reassured the dedicated and priest-like old man that I wanted to accept responsibili-ty for Kay, whom I loved very much,” Harrison wrote “So he told me then that she had an incurable disease, myeloid leukemia, and had a life ex
pectancy of about two years
“Vista of Agony"
“A whole vista of agony stretched before me,” he added. “and yet I felt proud that this doctor had given me the task of looking after her ”
Rex and Kav were married in New York on June 23, 1957, and he Net out to keep her from knowing her fate.
She needed regular blood tests, so he used the pretext that her lifelong anemia needed constant checking.
Once, while driving to the Harrisons’ holiday home in Portofino. Italy. Kay picked one word out of an Italian magazine and said
“Look at this rubbish They seem to be saying I ve got leukemia "
“Obviously. they mean anemia.” Harrison replied When her condition became desperate she was brought back to London from Italy She died a week later
“For over two years I had known that her days were numbered,” Harrison wrote “But I kept my promise. I kept the secret, and I’m glad I did."
Horowitz retired from playing in public in 1953 and made a ‘‘comeback’” in 1965 at (’arnegie Hall. Since 1965 his few appearances have lieen solo recitals; none as soloist with a symphony. Maybe he ll play with a symphony again in the spring, he says. Later in the interview he speculates about doing a few concerts on college campuses or going tocalifornia. He hasn’t been there in 28 years “The trouble with playing with orchestra is rehearsal and repetoire. I don’t rehearse too early in the day. and I don’t play at night It has to be afternoon, when my concentration and strength are at their peak. lf it is a special opportunity or special concert,
I would do it.’’
Horowitz, unlike most of today's convert pianists, likes to play short pieces as well as long ones “The long-playing record brought that snobbism to play those long pieces of music — 20 minutes," be says. “They put a long piece on an LP, then they do it in recitals. The piano literature is as great on small pieces as on large pieces
“lf you play something only three pages long, you have to have* your own fantasy and your own feeling. Believe me, it is easier to play a long piece It makes a good impression, people think: ‘He is a good musician.’ ”
Traveling is no fun, Horowitz says. “That’s why I sat home five years and don’t travel. Frankly. I’m afraid to fly, but I can do it. When it goes up, I have to touch the* hand of my wife and hold it. Then, after that, it is fine
“I have my own diet; I don’t eat meat. I don’t believe that meat is good for you. It s my own conviction, not on doctor’s orders. I feel fine, very fine. I eat a lot of gray sole and red snapper and chicken, but oil fish no, for about the last four years.’’
Mrs Horowitz, daughter of Arturo Toscanini, around genius musicians all her life, says: “When we’re traveling,
Theater Time for Tuesday
Feature times have been supplied by the following theaters for the convenience of Gazette readers
WORLD — “Truck Turner"
— 1:45, 4 50, 8; “Foxy Brown"
— 3:15, 6 25, 9:40; Wednesday matinee — “The Girl from Petrovka" - I 30. 3 25, 5 20; shorts - 3: IO, 5: IO
TIMES — “Gone With the Wind" - 1:30. 8
EASTOWN I - “The Return of the Dragon" — 7 45 9:25.
EASTOWN 2 — “Jeremiah Johnson" — 7:15, 9:15.
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FOLLINS - “The Teacher"
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TWIN WEST - "The Scum of the Earth" - 7 30; “The Poor White Trash" - 9 10; “The Shanty Tramps” -IO 40
TWIN EAST - "The Office Girls” — 7 50; “Run, Virgin, Run" — 9:35.
* ON THIS DATE in 1923, the Republic of Turkey was proclaimed.
Classical pianist Vladimir Horowitz, 70, (above) describes himself as an "old trouper" and makes the seemingly paradoxical observation that, "I know the more you practice, sometimes the worse you get." By way of explanation, Horowitz says if a musician repeats a passage too often it goes mechanical."
it's like old Russia, taking everything but the mattress."
Horowitz has left Columbia Records because: “If a record comes out. it must not be kept like a military secret. In America you must advertise.’’ He is “flirting" with a couple of European companies.
Horowitz learned Scriabin’s “Sonata no. 5" which he will play at the Met’, just this summer He says with a twinkle, taking 20 years off his age: “I am very proud that being 50 I could learn it."
Horowitz will play two concerts in London in June. He doesn’t know yet whether he ll play in other European cities which have requested concerts.
“And in Japan, you can’t believe how much money they are offering me to come. For years I sit at home and I don’t make one cent. I am a very strange fellow."
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