Moment exotique

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Vladimir Horowitz seated at the piano.
Vladimir Horowitz seated at the piano.

Moment exotique, also known as Danse excentrique, is a short concert piece for solo piano by the Russian pianist Vladimir Horowitz.[1]


The piece is thought to have been composed in either 1920 or 1921,[1] before Horowitz left Russia. He originally composed the piece for his brother's birthday party at the age of 18.[2] Horowitz first recorded the piece on a piano roll for Welte-Mignon in 1926[3] and later went on to record it for RCA Records in 1930, this time as an audio recording.


The piece is written in a cakewalk style. It is a colorful and cheery piece lasting around two and a half minutes.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Moment Exotique". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-02-18. 
  2. ^ Dubal, David (1991). Evenings With Horowitz - A Personal Portrait. Amadeus Press. p. 180. ISBN 1-57467-086-7. 
  3. ^ The Welte Mignon Mystery Vol. XI

External links[edit]