Music: Like Father?

Once, so the story goes, a Soviet commissar visited Violinist David Oistrakh in Odessa, looked into a cradle and sternly ordered, "Make that boy as good a violinist as his father." For a while it looked as if nothing like that could ever happen. David Oistrakh was already on his way to being one of the world's finest fiddlers, and young Igor showed signs of detesting violin sounds from the time he started making them at the age of six. But they kept his bow to the catgut. At 18 he entered the Moscow conservatory, became a master class student....

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