by R. P.
Stricken Playing Schumann 'Carnaval,' Pianist Returns
to Finish Carnegie Program
Maryla Jonas, Polish pianist,
fainted in the wings of Carnegie
Hall yesterday afternoon, after
leaving the stage part way through
her performance of Schumann's
"Carnaval." But she recovered
quickly, and after the intermission
returned to play the remainder of
Persons familiar with the Schumann
work sensed that something
was wrong when some passages
were skipped. They were puzzled
when the pianist got up after a
gentle number about two thirds of
the way through. She walked unsteadily
to the left side of the stage
and just beyond the edge of the
dusty-rose curtain she fell.
Those in the audience could not
see all of the actual fall, but they
could tell it had happened because
of the slight gap between the lower
edge of the curtain and the floor.
After she fell the folds of Miss
Jonas' gold dress could be seen
heaped in this small slit of space.
A few minutes later the lights in
the auditorium were turned up. No
announcement was made to the
audience, which waited in puzzled
silence, some members going towards
the back-stage door to see
what had happened.
Miss Jonas had not been feeling
well all week, according to her
representative, so her physician, Dr.
Franz Groezel, and her husband,
Dr. Ernest Abraham, both were in
the auditorium. They went back-stage
to attend her and ten minutes
later John Totten, manager of
the hall, emerged from the stage
door to say she would continue the
The pianist returned to the stage
looking white and shaky, but once
she was seated she seemed all
right. She played the Nocturne, the
Waltz, the Berceuse and two of the
four Mazurkas she had scheduled.
She also managed two encores,
though the last one was given with
the house lights on as a hint to the
audience not to expect a third.
In view of her obvious indisposition
it would not be fair to criticize
the pianist's playing, but it
should be said that, despite the illness which
made some of her playing
erratic, she, nevertheless,
achieved many beautiful passages
that had a haunting delicacy of
effect. The finest were in the
Chopin group following her