Music: Prodigies

New Yorkers who went to Town Hall Monday night thought for a moment that they were being fooled. Programs told them that they would hear a Bach Prelude, the Chromatic Fantasio and Fugue, Beethoven's Pathétique sonata, Mendelssohn's Rondo Capricioso, six Chopin pieces. On the stage was a grand piano with a man-sized keyboard and to play it there appeared a chubby little girl who, if she had not been so self-possessed, would have looked as if she had wandered there by mistake on the way home from a children's party.

The little girl was...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!