Music: Prodigy in Paris

Until 18 months ago, bright-eyed Pierino Gamba seemed like an ordinary Roman boy of eight who had taken a few piano lessons. He hated to wash and he liked to play with his electric train. Then his father, a baker, decided that Pierino should become a conductor.

After his eighth piano lesson, Pierino had dumfounded his teacher by learning the minuet from Mozart's Don Giovanni in twelve minutes. An unsuspected possessor of absolute pitch, he could name any note he heard struck on the piano. In one morning, Pierino learned the first movement of...

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