Music: Brain & Braim

Sixteen years ago, when he was three, Harry Braun arrived from Russia. A melancholy urchin, he lounged in Manhattan ghettoes, not playing with the tougher ragamuffins but crooning to himself. By the time that he was eleven, it was plain to Mrs. Braun that he would be the world's greatest musician. She bought him a $10 fiddle and said, "Play yet."

Surprisingly soon after his mother bought the fiddle for him, Harry Braun met Leopold Auer, greatest teacher of violinists. Leopold Auer was interested in meeting the adolescent minstrel as he is in meeting all youthful violinists; he remained interested in Harry...