Study Guide

Mister Bilderbach in Ballad of the Sad Cafe and Other Stories

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Mister Bilderbach

Bilderbach, a master pianist raised by a Dutch father and Czech mother in Germany, is Frances's glamorously foreign teacher in "Wunderkind." Dude's a bit severe, but also very invested in his pupil. Once, upon discovering that Frances had nothing but a hand-me-down gown for junior high commencement, Bilderbach takes her to buy fabric and has his wife (a no-longer-practicing singer) sew a new gown. What a stand-up guy.

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