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.
|Publisher:||Indiana University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.80(d)|