A Letter From The Publisher: Feb. 22, 1963

On the train from Cleveland to New York, Music Writer Barry Farrell sat back to enjoy a leisurely breakfast with a copy of Bruno Walter's book. Of Music and Music-Making. He had just turned to Chapter 3, titled "The Conductor," when a trainman passed by his table and peered over his shoulder.

Trainman: Are you planning to be a conductor? Farrell: No, I'm just writing about them for TIME.

Trainman: TIME! Is it going to be a big story? Farrell: Yes, a cover story.

Trainman: What's the name of the conductor who's going to be on the cover? Farrell: George Szell.

Trainman: I...

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