Music: Absorbed

On board the liner Paris in mid-ocean last week, Ignace Jan Paderewski was giving a concert while the ship bounced on the stormy sea like a pea on a reverberating drumhead. Waves pounded her forefoot with a sodden, heavy impact; the wind found a flute to blow in every cranny; passengers in the saloon struggled to keep their chairs from skidding together. Paderewski played on. Suddenly three great seas in succession struck the tottering vessel; she shivered, climbed a wave, and jerked to starboard with a lurch that spilled the gathering...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!