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What do Billy Joel and Vladimir Horowitz have in common?

Posted at 2:27 PM on December 13, 2011 by ClassicalMPR

Billy Joel

AP Photo/Charles Sykes

The AP reported today that, "Billy Joel is now only the second artist to have his portrait hanging at the New York home of piano maker Steinway and Sons. He jokes he's not sure how Vladimir Horowitz must feel about having his picture so close to Joel's. Joel is also the only non-classical performer hanging there. He's shown wearing a leather jacket, and he says it's one of the few items of clothing he's purchased without the help of a woman. He says he wore it for years but his current girlfriend thinks of it as a relic from the 1980s."

Billy Joel has recently been writing in a more classical vein. He even released an album of his "classical" works, containing quite a range of styles. Below is one.