Cowtown Keyboards tells a short story on Fort Worth's history with piano and the Cliburn from author Betty Winton Fay's perspective as a longtime resident and artist host. She takes the reader along the timeline of cultural pioneers in Texas art and musical milestones, with special focus on the development of the Van Cliburn Piano Competition.
Fay includes a behind-the-scenes look at one of the young pianists who competed in the Cliburn Competition from 1985 through 1989, giving insight into its trials and challenges. She explores the TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute, the International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs of 2000 at Texas Christian University, and the entire schedule for the seminal 2001 Eleventh Van Cliburn International Competition. The author gives an insightful review of Fort Worth's noted art museums and Van Cliburn Competition winners and board chairmen and directors between 1962 and 1997. Cowtown Keyboards' illustrations include a myriad of paintings and photographs, each capturing the time and place of the Fay's international artist hosting.
Author: Betty Winton Fay
Publisher: Ink Blink Pub (January 1, 2001)
Paperback: 105 Pages