Esthetics: Brazil's Marx Brothers

Their father, Wilhelm Marx, a distant relative of Karl, emigrated in 1895 from Germany and established a large tannery in Brazil. Mother Cecilia Burle Marx was a cultivated Brazilian who made the family home in Rio de Janeiro a citadel of culture where Enrico Caruso came to call. It was an ideal climate for budding genius, and three sons emerged as the most amazing and talented brother act in Brazil.

Only a week or so ago, Composer Walter Burle Marx, 64, was at the Municipal Theater directing the first performance of his Third...

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