Arthur Rubinstein, Pimp Pianist, Sick-Burns Einstein

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Carl Van Vecht
Today is Arthur Rubinstein's birthday, and if he were still alive he would be a) 124 years old; and b) almost certainly banging ballerinas in their early twenties. Perhaps the most celebrated pianist of the last century, Rubinstein himself admitted that there were other pianists of equal or perhaps superior skill, but as many of them tended to be reclusive nutjobs, he was pretty much the Bono of the classical-music set.

On top of that, he was famous for being incredibly rock-star. Initially, success alluded him, and he tried to kill himself in Berlin when, broke and destitute, he was about to be evicted from his hotel room. The failed suicide, instead depressing him even further, actually made him fall back in love with life, and he spent the rest of his 95 years on Earth living like a dying man.

"It is said of me that when I was young I divided my time impartially among wine, women and song,'" he once remarked. "I deny this categorically. Ninety percent of my interests were women."

Oh, and wasn't it just? He finally married, at age 45, to a 24-year-old ballerina. That's pretty pimp, but the story isn't that cut-and-dry. See, the ballerina and Lithuanian aristocrat Nela Mylnarska, had actually fallen for Rubenstein at the age of 18, but Rubinstein wasn't interested because he was schtupping the fascism out of an Italian princess at the time.

So, Mynlarska went off and married someone else, but dropped him the second Rubinstein decided he was sick of Italian. Even once they were married, Rubinstein continued Jack Kennedy-ing his way through groupies and baronesses, and at age 90, left his wife for a 30-year-old concert promoter.

We don't want to paint a picture of Rubinstein as some kind of chauvinistic douchebag. He wasn't. He was just very, very passionate about every single thing he ever did, be it food, cigars, music, or women. He was the most famous and celebrated performing pianist of his day, and lived the good life like it was meant to be lived.

Among all his musical acquaintances was Albert Einstein. Everyone knows Eistein today as the man whose mad-scientist brain covered with mad-scientist hair gave us atomic energy, the theory of relativity, and basically opened up God's drafting of the laws of physics for the entire world to see.

None of that would've come to pass, maybe, if Einstein the scientist hadn't also been Einstein the violinist.

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Scott F
Scott F

This is an "attributed" story about Einstein, but there is no factual evidence that Einstein missed any cues. He was a quite good violinist. In fact it wasn't Rubinstein at all that this is attributed to, you are incorrect on that.

Stuf with one f
Stuf with one f

Does Jef with one F know the difference between allude and elude and whether Rubinstein spells his name Rubinstein or Rubenstein as he has variously written? And judging by his text he knows little about a man who would be 124 and who died 28 years ago except what he has read in the press, which as we know is not exactly reliable. That he wrote about his adventurous young years, and yes, he did adore women, is well known as is the fact that he was a devoted husband and father for over 40 years. He was certainly no Jack Kennedy and did all he could to be discreet and avoid pain (perhaps our Jef with one f would have thought more highly of a string of divorces, commonplace now) and it would be difficult to find a more considerate and generous human being.


you're a fucking faggot. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL.

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