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Vladimir de Pachmann : a piano virtuoso's life and art
Mitchell, Mark (Mark Lindsey)
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Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2002]

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231 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Becoming de Pachmann -- Building the myth -- M. and Mme. de Pachmann -- "My wife, Madame Labori" -- Colleagues -- The demon -- "The face of one's friend" -- The black hand -- "The sky is changed!" -- Talking to the moon -- The exhaustless genius -- The vanishing years -- Epilogue : The others.
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ML417.P17 M58 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Piano virtuoso Vladimir de Pachmann (1848-1933) is remembered today more often than not for the comic and sometimes bizarre on-stage behavior that earned him the epithet ""Chopinzee."" Yet during his years as a performer, Pachmann was regarded as one of the four or five greatest pianists in the world, and as the outstanding exponent of Chopin. Mark Mitchell's richly detailed biography -- the first to be published -- reconciles the personality with the playing by offering a thorough account of the pianist's life as well as a complete reappraisal of his musicianship.

Beginning with Pachmann's childhood in Odessa, Mitchell follows the process by which the youngest of 13 children evolved into one of the finest -- and most colorful -- artists in the history of the piano, one who was able to fill London's Albert Hall for a recital. Particular emphasis is laid on the two principal relationships of Pachmann's life: with the pianist Marguerite Okey, to whom he was married for a decade, and with Francesco Pallottelli, the waiter-turned-impresario under whose influence he eventually settled in Fascist-era Italy. Tracing an arc from Beethoven -- an acquaintance of Pachmann's father -- to Pierre Boulez -- a pupil of Pachmann's son -- Mitchell's biography urges a reassessment of a musician whose life and legacy have been too long in eclipse.

Table of Contents

A Citizen of the World
1 Becoming de Pachmann
2 Building the Myth
3 M. and Mme. de Pachmann
4 ""My Wife, Madame Labori""
5 Colleagues
6 The Demon
7 ""The face of one's friend""
8 The Black Hand
9 ""The sky is changed!""
10 Opium Ghosts
11 The Exhaustless Genius
12 The Vanishing Years
Epilogue The Others
Discography by Allan Evans
List of Works Played: 1882 (Vienna)-1929 (Vienna)