In the Fire

Perched on the edge of his chair, the man at the piano glanced nervously about the orchestra, as if sure that something was about to go wrong. Robert Casadesus has played 100 times in Manhattan. But last week he had a special worry on his mind. This was the first time the New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra had ever played one of his own pieces. Only when white-maned Conductor Leopold Stokowski got the orchestra safely through the opening bars did Composer Casadesus turn back to the keyboard and seem to relax, as he gave Manhattan its first hearing of his third Concerto...

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