Music: One-Hander

Bostonians closed their eyes and doubted their ears last week. Reporters rushed backstage where the hero of the afternoon, excited by his ovation, said: "Look! I can tie my own four-in-hand, too!"

Paul Wittgenstein, famed one-armed Austrian pianist, had made his U. S. debut with the Boston Symphony, playing a Concerto especially composed for him by Maurice Ravel. Bostonians closed their eyes because it seemed incredible that a single left hand could compass a keyboard so quickly and completely, make the treble sound clear and strong while the bass poured out a seething undercurrent....

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