Par 1 It will be good news to the whole musical world of America, and to the pianistic portion of it in particular, to hear that Vladimir De Pachmann has been engaged by the Quinlan Musical Bureau [apparently this refers to Thomas Quinlan, who was also Thomas Beecham's manager] for a farewell tour in America, beginning early next fall [15 October 1911] and ending the following May.
Par 2 No keyboard artist in the world is more popular in this country than De Pachmann, and his unique personality, his unusually refined art, and especial devotion to the compositions of Chopin, have insured him everywhere a place apart in the affections of lovers of the highest form of piano demonstration.
Par 3 It is more than three years [Spring 1908] since De Pachmann was last in America. At that time his success surpassed any of the triumphs he achieved on his previous visits here. His programs were more varied and embraced a greater repertory than he ever had exhibited before, and those who have heard him during the last few months abroad say that he has added even to that vast list of works performed by him. The forthcoming visit is to be a genuine farewell tour, for De Pachmann has amassed a large fortune through his travels during the last twenty years or so, and feels that he now desires to give himself up to rest and musical recreation purely for his own pleasure. Those music lovers who have not heard this marvelous artist should regard his projected concerts here as a great boon and doubtless his recitals will be crowded and warm enthusiasm will prevail from coast to coast, wherever he allows his wonderful fingers to sound his idea of the piano classics. While it seems good to have De Pachmann here, at the same time it will be a misfortune later for the music lovers of our land and of other lands to lose so distinguished a public performer, for he is a sterling musician, a technical giant, and a complete master of all the various means of expression on the piano. A player of his caliber comes but once in many decades. It will be De Pachmann's swan song, but it will be a swan song very much worth while hearing.
Par 4 Although it is likely that De Pachmann will play more than one hundred recitals, many more engagements above that number have been offered him, and the Quinlan Bureau is meeting great difficulty in placing him at all those points where it will be most convenient for music lovers to hear him without traveling more than several hundred miles. In former years, when De Pachmann played in some of the Western cities, piano teachers, students and music lovers were accustomed to travel 500 and 600 miles in order to listen to his exposition of the great piano works.
Par 5 De Pachmann's velvety touch, his phenomenal finger agility, his infinite resource in the way of nuance and interpretative variety, are all as manifest in his playing as they ever were before, and combined with all those qualities are a certain quiet dignity and deep musical earnestness which used to be marred in previous years by a strain of capriciousness and whimsicality, entertaining to some of his listeners, but objected to by many pedantic musicians. Of those typical former De Pachmann traits there is no vestige in his art as it flourishes today. He will be found to give complete satisfaction in his forthcoming American tour, and his Chopin interpretations, especially, will long remain as models after the last note of his readings has sounded in America in the spring of 1912.
Par 6 De Pachmann has an immense and faithful following in this country and succeeds in interesting a large portion of the public which rarely goes to the recitals of other pianists. The Quinlan Bureau will have its hands full in accommodating the throngs of De Pachmann enthusiasts all over the land. However the tour is being arranged in the thorough and businesslike way that characterizes every musical undertaking of the Quinlan organization. The De Pachmann tour will be another triumph for that managerial firm, and will wind up the career of the great artist in a manner fully worthy of his previous reputation and his present achievements.