Seizing the opportunity to explore the wonders of the concert
hall, the little boy rose and eventually explored his way
through a door marked "NO ADMITTANCE."
When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about to begin,
the mother returned to her seat and discovered that her son was
Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights focused on the
impressive Steinway on stage. In horror, the mother saw her
little boy sitting at the keyboard, innocently plucking out
"Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." The audience snickered loudly.
At that moment, the great piano master made his entrance,
quickly moved to the piano, and whispered in the boy's ear,
"Don't quit." "Keep playing." Then leaning over, Paderewski
reached down with his left hand and began filling in a bass
part. Soon his right arm reached around to the other side of the
child and he added a running obligatio.
Together, the old master and the young novice transformed an
awkward moment into a wonderfully creative and beautiful
experience. The audience was mesmerized.