Music: Concerto in Chinese

When China's No. 1 musician was nine years old, his parents decided that China had too little, musically, to offer him. They packed Ma Si-tson off to the Paris Conservatory. Nine years later he returned to China, to teach at Nanking, to organize Chungking's first symphony orchestra, and to become, in no time at all, China's best violinist.

During the war Ma escaped with his wife from Hong Kong to the village of Ping-shih, where he taught at the exiled Sun Yat-sen University, on a salary lower than that of a factory coolie. There he...

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