[These excerpts appeared in the book Schubert
by C. (Cecil) Whitaker-Wilson (1886-19??),
London, William Reeves, 1928, pages 58, 63-66.
This web version is dated 7 February 2009.
[Excerpts on Pachmann, from Schubert]
by C. Whitaker-Wilson
If Chopin has come
to mean so much to us where piano music is concerned we
have to thank Schumann and Liszt in the first place, and
Pachmann in the second.
. . .
Small wonder was it that Pachmann declared that it was not
until he was turned seventy that he completed his technique.
He was right when he said that true pianism takes every
waking moment of one's life to attain.
. . .
Chopin's method of playing was
simplicity itself. With him there were no lateral
movements—much less rotary; his wrists were always slightly
depressed; his entire action came from them, or else from
his fingers of which the middle joints were kept, in all
circumstances, in a direct line with his forearm. Arm-weight
and other such terms were unknown to him. Such playing
as his was never heard again until Pachmann reached his
height; when he goes one is left to wonder when another
will arise who will strike chords as he had struck them,
who will use his nerves instead of his muscles, and who
will never forget the tonal limits of an instrument which
was not designed to send forth the same volume of sound as a cathedral organ.