Music: Ysa

When Eugène Ysaÿe was a six-year-old boy in Liége his father once let him sit among the orchestra players at an opera he was conducting. Most children would have been fascinated by the action on the stage but the Belgian conductor's child behaved that day in a manner which determined his career. He ignored the stage, watched the violinists with open-mouthed wonder.

For a half century and more the great Ysaÿe had no time for the stage. He was busy being a master violinist, busy at symphonic conducting, busy at composing for violin...

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