Music: More Peppy Here

Arturo Toscanini, 85, had his summer all mapped out, and the map called for a long rest in Italy. A methodical man, Conductor Toscanini settled down to it three months ago : he spent most of his time in his beloved Milan, varying his routine with short visits to his villa on cool Lake Maggiore. Last week — summer plans drastically revised— Toscanini was back in Manhattan and at work.

Why? Toscanini offered no explanation, but Samuel Chotzinoff, NBC's musical director and the Maestro's longtime friend, made an authoritative guess: "Frankly, I think he was bored. Most of his old friends in...

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