p. 69 Readers of the "Bi-Monthly", will no doubt be glad to possess, in the frontispiece to the present number, an excellent photograph of the incomparable artist who shared in the triumphs of the Conservatory Symphony Orchestra at their concert on April 9th. M. De Pachmann is a curious and unique character. He has, according to several American critics, something Asiatic in his blood; he was born at Odessa and therefore they say, a spice of the Turk is in his constitution which accounts for certain peculiarities of temperament. Whatever his origin his command of all the resources of piano playing is still most wonderful and without belittling other players, it is safe to say that no living pianist is capable of giving such supreme delight to his hearers as this gifted artist now in his sixtieth year. The effects produced by his mastery over technique were almost bewildering. Several in the audience thought there was "something inside the piano," others declared that they heard "echoes" while the more stolid and experienced in such matters were equally carried away by the amazing accuracy, dexterity and lightness of touch, and general perfection of his style. As if to vindicate the assertion that he only plays or chooses to play pieces of a lighter calibre, he gave for his first encore the D minor prelude of Chopin, and no fault could be found with the fiery reading of this last and most tempestuous of the p. 70 twenty-four. Some of the nuances obtained by him in the Liszt etude were almost unpianistic (sic) suggesting an ethereal flute. The chromatic groups under his fingers were spun or reeled off as if by machinery and yet there was conveyed throughout the very spirit of fantastic, poetic sympathy, bringing out what was best in each composition. The occasional trill was heard to be marvellously loud, firm and distinct, in fact very unlike most trills, which are for the most part weak and wabbling things, "ornaments" indeed but not part of the whole. It will be a loss to music should M. De Pachmann immediately retire and all will hope to hear him again at no distant day.