[These excerpts appeared in the book
Letters of James Gibbons Huneker
(1857- or 1860-1921),
collected and edited by Josephine Huneker,
Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1922.
Edward E. Ziegler (1870-1947) was a music critic.
Henry L. Mencken (1880-1956) was a journalist, author and editor.
Pitts Sanborn (1879-1941) was music critic of The New York Globe
This web version is dated 10 November 2003.
To E. E. Ziegler
Conrad Uhl's Hotel Bristol
Berlin U. D. Linden 5 u 6 June 17-1912
. . .
In London at the second Strauss
evening the following well known persons sat in the
stalls: Mr. & Mrs. Mare A. Blumenburg, Mr. Otto Floersheim,
Mr. Montague Chester, Mr. & Mrs. Henry Wolfsohn,
Mr. & Mrs. H. H. Wetzlar, Mr. C. M. Loeffler,
Mr. Otto Weil—Ternina—Milka—Fremstad,
Olive—Fritz Kreisler and Beadleston & Woerz, Pachmann, the
two MacDowells—E. A. and Missus, Francis Neilson,
The Hungrykeirs! etc. etc.
The world is a tiny place—after
To Henry L. Mencken
April 11, 1916
My dear Mencken:
. . .
De Pachmann pointed at
the audience and said, "He knows more than you"—meaning,
of course, the critics as well as the London public.
Catch the little chap admitting that any one knew
more than he did of Chopin. Few do (notably, Godowsky
the Superman of the keyboard).
. . .
To Pitts Sandborn
Westminster Court: 1618 Beverly Road
Brooklyn, March 27/17
Dear Mr. Sanborn:
My little improvisation brought me a very interesting
letter indeed. The meeting with with Pachmann (whose right
name is Waldemar Bachmann—no Von or De, and a
native of Odessa, his father a Kantor in a local school) must
have been immense. When in the mood he is the most
ornamental impresario alive. The legato story is true—few
possess the art. Joseffy achieved the legato effect
by an aerial handling—or footing—of pedals. But the
clinging legatissimo of Pachmann, Thalberg, and
Paderewski (in his prime) he did not boast. . . .