Music: A Song to Remember

Arthur Rubinstein: 1887-1982

He was born to play the piano. His huge hands with their wide palms and spatulate fingertips could reach an extraordinary twelve-note span on the keyboard. His vast memory allowed him to store hundreds of pieces of music in his head, ready for performance on a moment's brushup. His quick mind enabled him to learn a new work simply by studying the score on the train or plane on the way to his next concert, where he would play it perfectly. Most important of all, he had the soul of an...

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