Music: What Ever Happened to Little Lorin?

When he made his debut as conductor of the New York Philharmonic in 1940 Lorin Maazel was a plump little child, no taller than a cello and braver than a flute. "I have yet to prove my mettle," said the ten-year-old maestro after climbing down from the podium where he had proved himself a wizard. Last week, at 32 Maazel was again before the Philharmonic, a wizard with plenty of mettle, especially by his own reckoning. "I am considered " he proclaimed, "the leading conductor of my generation."

Maazel is among the very few Americans who rank Maazel that high but his...

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