Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Great Horace Flinders (aka Maestro X) Playing at Eloise


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This is a short piece featuring one of Eloise's most famous cases, Horace Flinders. He was a musical prodigy of sorts who was mentored (in some capacity) by Ossip Gabrilowitsch (he was married to Mark Twain's daughter). After Gabrilowitsch's death Flinders went mad, reverted to an infantile state and was sent to Eloise. Under the therapeutic tutelage of Ira Altshuler he regained some of his functionality, mainly in musical endeavors, but never was cured of his ailment.

Appearing with Flinders are music therapist Jane Matney and Dr. Thomas K. Gruber, superintendent of Eloise.

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