Music: Prodigies

The infant: prodigy entered. The hall became quiet. . . . He looked as though he were nine years old but was really eight and given out for seven.—Thomas Mann, The Infant Prodigy.

All great musicians were prodigies, but not all prodigies grow up to be great musicians. Nevertheless, last week the U. S. was teeming with precocious moppets of seven, eight, nine and up who were practicing or performing with more than common ability:

During rests in the graceful Mozart D Minor Concerto, a curly-haired blond boy with chubby knees sat at his piano one night last week so impatient for the...

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