The first English biography of the Basque composer who died two years ago. His was an enigmatic personality, shy, reserved, tender and lovable. He had no human ties, no wife, no mistress. From early youth, he gave evidence of deep interest in music; he studied at the Paris Conservatory, developing his aptitude for harmony and composition. He came under the influence of the moderns, wrote constantly, -- subtle, paradoxical, fanciful music which few understood. His fame came with Bolero, which to him was a stunt, a trick of orchestral virtuosity. The war, although he did not go into active service, shattered him and he died ultimately of a strange, torturing brain disease. He was a baffling character, combining Spanish feeling with French restraint, and this simple, graceful rendering of his life shows a conditioning of the man by his music rather than his personal life. One wonders whether ultimately more can be told.