I first met ISAAC STERN when I was a young pianist, just beginning to perform. I was so bowled over by the force of his personality and reputation that it was many years before I realized he was not 7 ft. tall. One of the thrills of being onstage with him was the feeling of belonging he exuded. Once, after a concert in which he had played particularly brilliantly, even though the day had been spent in tiring travel, he said to the rest of us playing with him, "You know, I'm just a stage animal." It was that quality that...

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