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Jascha Heifetz was a child prodigy and still a young boy when he made his triumphant musical debut on the violin. In the audience, seated side by side, were Mischa Elman, who had already established his own reputation as a violinist, and Artur Rubinstein, the pianist.

As the recital continued, and as Jascha played the violin like an angel, Mischa Elman writhed in increasing discomfort. Finally he leaned over to Rubinstein and said,

"Isn't it terribly hot here?"

Calmly, Rubinstein replied, "Not for pianists ..."

---------------A Final Thought ...

"The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes—ah, that is where the art resides."

- Artur Schnabel (1882–1951), German-born U.S. pianist. Quoted in: Chicago Daily News (11 June 1958)