From the chapter "Ovation and Triumph"
by Irving Kolodin
One of the inspired statements about public life made in
recent years was the late Artur Schnabel's: "Applause is a
receipt, not a bill." Schnabel was explaining why he did not
render applause the tribute of encores. In his view, his
program gave "value received" for the admission price paid.
It probably never occurred to him to follow the example of
Vladimir de Pachmann, whose audience in London could
not be quieted after he played a long, taxing program. He
sat down and played the C minor Sonata, opus 111, of Beethoven,
to punish them.