Music: Pianist Abroad

The little woman in black walked slowly from a wing of the ornate Kurzaal at Scheveningen, The Netherlands, bowed to the scattered applause, and took her place at the piano. For the next 90 minutes she kept her eyes fixed on the keyboard while her groomed fingers agilely feather-dusted and trip-hammered through Bach's Goldberg Variations. At the last note, she slumped in her seat as wave after wave of applause broke over her bowed head.

Such response is routine for U.S.-born Pianist Rosalyn Tureck—in Europe. Although Tureck's name is only vaguely known to most U.S. concertgoers, to European audiences it is fast...

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