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           VLADIMIR DE PACHMANN - PIANIST

Youthful and boldly autographed Rotary postcard photograph of the unique Russian born, Italian pianist.

Pachmann (1848-1933) was perhaps the most unique of all of the concert pianists of his time.  Born in Russia to an Austrian lawyer father and Turkish mother he never quite fit in that Country.  His father was an amateur violinist who started his music lessons until he reached 18.  He was sent to study in Vienna at the Wiener Akademie für Musik with Josef Dachs who also taught Isabella Vengerova, Josef Rubinstein and Hugo Wolf.  He graduated with the gold medal for piano performance and in 1869 returned to Russia to play concerts.  It was not until 1891 at the age of 42 that he made his mark with a tour of America.  His style was a mix of self deprecation and praise and was known to shout “Bravo” after a piece if he was satisfied and then crawl under the piano to “look for lost notes” if he was displeased with his performance.  American critics were not sure what to make of him and the public loved it! Own to embellish works, adding extra chords and arpeggios where they were not written, but that really was in following in the tradition of the great virtuosi who travelled the U.S. in the 19th Century and the public ate it up.  Pachmann was also one of the pianists who self-styled himself as the second coming of Chopin.  James Huneker, the New York Sun critic labeled him the “Chopinzee”.  He was married multiple times, had one son who became a pianist and lived a wild life of luxury.  Late in life he lost his teeth and lived on a diet of caviar. Numerous recordings and piano rolls.

A beautiful example!