The Last Romantic

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Vladimir Horowitz: The Last Romantic
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Horowitz during the film
Directed by David Maysles, Albert Maysles
Produced by Peter Gelb, Susan Frömke
Starring Vladimir Horowitz, Wanda Toscanini Horowitz
Cinematography Albert Maysles
Edited by Deborah Dickson, Patricia Jaffe
Release date
15 November 1985
Running time
89 minutes
Country United States
Language English[1][2]

The Last Romantic is a documentary filmed within the home of concert pianist Vladimir Horowitz. The film contains mainly performances of classical works, but also provides an intimate look into Horowitz's private life.


The Last Romantic is a documentary filmed at Vladimir Horowitz's townhouse on the Upper East Side of New York. It features many performances of some of the pieces of Horowitz's favorite repertoire and sheds light on his thoughts and opinions on music.

During the film Horowitz often jokes and talks about his favorite composers: his friend Sergei Rachmaninoff, Frédéric Chopin, and Alexander Scriabin. Horowitz's wife, Wanda, also contributes her share to the discussions; she shows photo albums and reminisces about their past.[3]


These are the pieces performed in the film (In order of performance):

  1. Chorale Prelude BWV659 Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (Bach arr. Busoni)
  2. Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K330 (Mozart)
  3. Impromptu in A-flat major, D899 No. 4 (Schubert)
  4. Mazurka No. 13 in A minor, Op. 17 No. 4 (Chopin)
  5. Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20 (Chopin)
  6. Consolation, S. 172 No. 3 in D flat major (Liszt)
  7. Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G-sharp minor (Rachmaninoff)
  8. Novelette in F major, Op. 21 No. 1 (Schumann)
  9. Étude Op. 2 No. 1 in C-sharp minor (Scriabin)
  10. Polonaise No. 6 in A-flat major, Op. 53 'Héroïque' (Chopin)


Three additional performances were released as a bonus DVD from the 2003 release Horowitz Live and Unedited.[4][5]

  1. Etude in G-flat major, Op. 10 No. 5 (Chopin)
  2. Etude in F major, Op. 72 No. 6 (Moszkowski)
  3. Au bord d'une source (Liszt)


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