Music: Family Affair

Rarely had the men of the NBC Symphony seen their little Maestro in such high humor and fine fettle. Pink-cheeked and glowing after his vacation in Italy, the terrible-tempered 81-year-old had kind words or a joke for everyone at rehearsal. The Maestro had his one inevitable flare-up of the day, this time over the absence without leave of a couple of trumpeters. The guest pianist watched the little tantrum, then, turning towards his wife and friends in the studio, wigwagged his eyebrows and giggled. For the soloist was a man who calls Toscanini "Maestro" to his face, but "Papa" when he's...

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