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The Ballad of the Sad Café Chapter Summary & Analysis - Wunderkind Summary

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Wunderkind Summary

A 15-year-old girl, Frances, arrives at her piano teacher Mister Bilderbach's house for her regular piano lesson. She is early, and is content to listen to the current student's lesson from the hallway. In the room is another piano teacher, Mister Lafkowitz. In her head, Frances is struggling with dread for the lesson, as for the past couple of months her playing, while technically sound, has been flat and lifeless.

Mister Lafkowitz steps out of the piano room, says hi to Frances, and points her to an issue of a magazine called Musical Courier, which provides an article and picture about Lafkowitz's prize student, Heime. Heime is a 14-year-old violinist who seems destined for greatness in the musical world. He has already been invited to play at a prestigious venue. Heime and Frances have played together often, and they have both been dubbed "wunderkinds" or child geniuses...

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