Show Business: Wahnderful Tchaikovsky

Ah, to sit in bed late at night, eat crackers and cheese, drink beer and watch on TV those old movies about composers! Cornel Wilde as Chopin murmuring sweet note-things to Merle Oberon as George Sand in A Song to Remember. How (munch) romantic! Dirk Bogarde as Liszt tirelessly flailing away at the old 88 in Song Without End. Good (crunch) show!

A man who really understands such musical attractions is Composer Dimitri Tiomkin. He was born near St. Petersburg and still, at 70, sounds like the quintessential Russian from Central Casting. "Ah! I am...

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