[These extracts appeared in Ferruccio Busoni
by Edward J. Dent, London: Eulenburg, 1974, pages 57, 154, 242. (Original London: Oxford, 1933.)
This web version is dated 4 July 2013.
by Edward J. Dent
Another occupation was the writing of musical articles
for the Trieste paper L'Indipendente. Under the anagram
of 'Bruno Fioresucci' he had contributed several letters
from Vienna in the spring of 1884, with amusing sketches
of Friedheim, Pachmann, and other pianists. Pachmann's
endearing mannerisms were as pronounced then as they
are now, and Ferruccio observed that his smiles and facial
contortions would have sufficed to explain the music to
a deaf-and-dumb institution! ...
. . . . . .
This time in London he heard Mark Hambourg and Pachmann;
he wrote to his wife an amusing description of the latter
playing the Invitation à la Valse. After he had played it,
Pachmann turned to the audience and said, 'Mr.
Godowskyhas made an arrangement of this piecevery
difficult! He can't play it himselfhe, heIhe, hedon't
play it yetbeforethe publicmust be
carefulhe, he, he!' then laughed, shrugged his
shoulders and disappeared.
. . . . . .
Whenever he played
in London he chose the Wigmore Hall for his recitals; it
held only a small public, but that public was certain to
include the fine flower of London musical life. After one
of his London recitals Pachmann ran up to him, kissed
his coat-tails and called out'Busoni grösster Bachspielerich