Music: Underground Toscanini

Back in the 1950s, when Clyde J. Key was a high school student in Fort Towson, Okla., most of the kids looked up to musicians like Elvis Presley, Fats Domino and Bill Haley. Not Clyde. His idol was Conductor Arturo Toscanini. In 1957, when Toscanini died at the age of 89, Clyde had a dream in which he came upon the old man's weeping, grief-stricken ghost in a desert.

"Why are you so unhappy, Maestro?" asked Clyde.

"Because I see my lifetime of service to music being swept away by the winds of time," came...

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