Music: Mozart's Story

Most prodigious of all musical prodigies was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Heifetz Hofmann and Yehudi Menuhin showed a early genius for playing music that others had written but Mozart at four was composing a concerto, spilling ink all over himself. He was not quite six when his father, a Salzburg violinist, bundled him and his sister Nannerl into a coach, started showing them off to the rest of Europe.

Marcia Davenport, daughter of Soprano Alma Gluck, stepdaughter of Violinist Efrem Zimbalist, in a notable book published last week tells Mozart's story.* The elder Mozart stalked...

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