[These anecdotes appeared in Theatrical and Musical Memoirs
by Rudolph Aronson (1856-1919), Philadelphia: Curtis Publishing Company, 1912, pages 182-183
from chapter 12 "More Recollections".
This web version is dated 10 July 2014.
Theatrical and Musical Memoirs
by Rudolph Aronson
Par 1 p.182
In the early nineties, while supping with Mr. N. Vert, the
well known concert manager, and my elder brother Joe at
the Gambrinus, a German restaurant in London, my attention
was attracted to a table not far distant, at which were
seated four pianists. I went over and greeted them, saying:
"It is indeed a rare treat to have the pleasure of greeting four
so distinguished pianists." One of them replied rather
sharply: "I beg your pardon, there are only two distinguished
pianists present." I was taken back, because the quartette
comprised Moriz Rosenthal, Mark Hamburg, Leopold
Godowsky and Vladimir de Pachmann. Returning to my
seat, I informed Mr. Vert of the occurrence, who at once
said de Pachmann was the guilty offender and that his
distinguished preference was Godowsky.
Par 2 When, afterwards, I met de Pachmann in New York during
one of his concert tours, I said to him: "Doctor, of course
Chopin is your favorite composer" (de Pachmann being
recognized the world over as a Chopin interpreter par
excellence), but to my astonishment he replied emphatically:
"I hate, I detest Chopin! My favorites are Beethoven,
Schumann and Mendelssohn!"