The Boy Who Played Chopsticks for the Great Paderewski–Fiction! Summary of eRumor: The Truth:
There are various versions of this story.
In some of them, the boy plays “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”
In this version, it is said the boy played Chopsticks, a simple little tune that every child who has had access to a piano seems to have learned how to play.
There is no evidence this ever happened, however.
Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941) was a Polish pianist who gained world wide fame and was very popular in the United States.
Paderewski experts say the story may have been inspired by a poster during World War II that promoted a meeting in support of the Polish Relief Fund.
Paderewski is said to have organized the meeting.
The poster included a sketch of Paderewski next to a boy at the piano.
The boy was carrying his belongings wrapped at the end of a stick and was called “Johnny the Wanderer.”
The Boy Who Played Chopsticks for the Great Paderewski–Fiction!
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Last updated 4/7/03