When Liberace was just seven years old, he memorized the full 17-page score of Mendelssohn’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” in one day.
No matter your opinion of Liberace’s ostentatious and flamboyant style, his talent on the piano is unarguable. He learned the entertainment business as a teenager playing honky tonks and bars, moving after high school graduation to New York City, “the city that never sleeps.”
To stand out in an extremely competitive market, Liberace practiced 12 hours a day and originated his unique style, combining the classic works, shortened to appeal to a mass audience, with the popular tunes of the day. Soon, Las Vegas beckoned and Liberace did not look the other way.
Liberace was a force to be reckoned with, a very talented and original artist.