[This anecdote appeared in
The Little Book of Music Anecdotes
by Helen L. Kaufmann, New York, Grosset & Dunlap, 1948, p.231.
This web version is dated 16 June 2001,
revised 6 November 2004.
by Helen L. Kaufmann
THE PIANIST De Pachmann returned from a worldwide tour,
bursting with self-esteem.
He had cried "Gut, De Pachmann," aloud to himself many times,
at many different pianos.
He was his own best audience.
"I had a succès fou," he told his friend Moszkowski
"Crowded houses, lovely ladies, big parties, mad enthusiasm.
And furthermore, how much money do you think I made?"
"Half," sourly replied his friend.