Chamber Music: The Brothers Four

Francis: Actually —

Robert: You see, we've been playing together since birth and —

William: Oh c'mon. You make it sound like we were playing the violin

in the crib. I was at least six before —

Robert: I mean we can read each other's minds; we —

Joseph: What it comes down to is a unity of thought.

Francis: However —

William: A unity of sound, really.

Francis: But —

Joseph: And temperament. Lots of Italian temperament.

Francis: Love! That's what it is. We're all hardheaded, but we've got lots of love.

As any scarred musician will attest, one of the quickest ways to...

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