Music: A Great Human Being

Seldom had a musician been so honored—or had so richly deserved it.

From President Truman came "Hearty birthday greetings to one whom the power of music has given the spirit of eternal youth." Pope Pius XII sent his apostolic benediction. From the speaker's table in a ballroom of Manhattan's Ritz-Carlton Hotel last week, Bruno Walter, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Georges Enesco, Nathan Milstein and Jennie Tourel all rose to add their tributes to the refrain. Finally a towered cake with 75 candles was carried in. While more than 400 guests stood and applauded and a string ensemble played his own Liebesfreud, white-haired...

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