Who’s a genius?
I have two cavils with Peter Gelb’s otherwise interesting article on the late Vladimir Horowitz (“Minding Mr. Horowitz,” Oct. 5).
First, Gelb rather extravagantly refers to Horowitz as " ... arguably the greatest concert pianist of all time.” Has Gelb never heard of Franz Liszt, Clara Schumann, Josef Hofmann or Artur Rubinstein?
Secondly, Gelb refers to Horowitz as a genius. This hallowed word is too often bandied about. I don’t believe a mere virtuoso can be called a “genius.”
However beguiling Mr. Horowitz’s eccentricities, it is the great composers who are the geniuses. Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms, Chopin, etc., were all outstanding virtuosos as a matter of course.