Music: Ph.D. at the Piano

At 25, Charles Rosen is a Ph.D. in French literature (Princeton) who also plays the piano. Last week, after listening to a Rosen concert in Manhattan's Town Hall, the critics told him, in effect, to quit the literature business and concentrate on the recital business. "[He may become] a figure of real consequence on our musical landscape," said the Herald Tribune. "The type of mind that is going to grow with the years," seconded the Times.

Rosen played a program that an older man might fear to tackle. Where the usual recital contains only one or two really testing works, Rosen's had...

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