Music: Conflict

In his chilly Wiesbaden home last week, Walter Gieseking, one of the five greatest living pianists,* huddled close to a small iron stove. He wrote a statement for the German press: "The German people may not understand what has happened in New York . . . They might think all America was demonstrating." But, in his opinion, "the demonstrators were only a small minority, just excited people . . ."

Pianist Gieseking was one of the last men in the world who could speak with certainty on U.S. attitudes. Where politics and art conflicted,...

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