Six composers seem rather arbitrarily to have been selected for these boyhood biographies:- Handel, Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Grieg and Elgar. They differ widely in their personal histories as well as in the degree of their achievement. But they are alike in their musical precocity. Somewhat sketchy accounts of their early days trace the steps by which they later found fruition in noteworthy musical careers. But the style is somewhat bland, and American readers may feel that the selection of Elgar is a limiting factor to general interest, though the others are universal.