Music: Piano Playboy

Jose Iturbi's Falstaffian zest does not begin or end with music. He has logged 1,400 hours as a pilot, over 20 years as a topflight pianist, thousands of miles as a motorcyclist, and hundreds of rounds as an amateur boxer.

While he practices at his piano, Valencia-born Iturbi often dictates letters to his secretary or talks to his two grandchildren. He speaks to his grandchildren in Spanish, to his butler in Italian, to his close friend Director Jean Negulesco in French, to others in a somewhat mangled English.

His latest protégé-playmate is little, dark-haired...

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