Music: The Shoes of a Man

To Cleveland's pudgy, power-brained Merrill Kenneth Wolf (I.Q. 182) it seemed high time people stopped regarding him as "something of a freak." It was true that he had played Liszt on the piano at 22 months, written a symphony at eight, received his A.B. from Yale at 14 to become New Haven's youngest grad ever (TIME, Oct. 29, 1945). Since then he had spent three years in earnest study with great Pianist Artur Schnabel. Now, at 18, Kenneth wanted to be judged, he said, "solely by the quality of my music."

Last week Kenny Wolf got what he wanted. In Chicago's Kimball...

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