Music: Casadesus' Tribute

Frail, white-haired composer Gabriel Fauré, director of the Paris Conservatory, listened thoughtfully. A 14-year-old student was playing a set of piano variations. The recital over, Director Fauré awarded the Conservatory's first piano prize to the fair-haired boy, saying in a voice so soft it could hardly be heard: "This youngster . . . has true musicality . . . he will go far." That was in 1914.

Even before Fauré's death in 1924, blue-eyed Robert Casadesus (pronounced kah-sah-de-soo´) was well on his way to becoming one of the world's fine pianists. Today many...

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