Music: The Fishbergs and Borodkins

The two most numerous musical families in the U.S. are the Fishberg-Glantzes and the Borodkin-Gusikoffs. Spread from Hollywood to Manhattan, with relatives in half the major symphony orchestras of the U.S., these two strains of musicians could each constitute a sizable orchestra. Collectively, they constitute one of the most impressive genealogical phenomena ever studied outside of Boston.

The simple statistics are arresting. Among the Fishbergs and Glantzes there are in the U.S. (and Russia has more): ten violinists, eight trumpeters, three pianists, two flutists, two clarinetists, two saxophonists, two drummers and one...

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