Books: Met Man

MUSICAL CHAIRS by Schuyler Chapin Putnam; 448 pages; $12.50

The confrontation was pure Somerset Maugham. Nadia Boulanger crisply closed the student's composition book and handed it back to her young pupil. "You're right," she assured him. "You haven't any talent."

The guru to such American composers as Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland and Virgil Thomson was correct about Schuyler Chapin. She was also right when she suggested that he might do well in music management. Chapin became road manager for Violinist Jascha Heifetz. He held Vladimir Horowitz's hand when the volatile pianist returned to the recording studios in 1962, and to the concert...

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