Music: Touchdown

In prospect, it looked like just another Manhattan debut, of which there are 300 every year. The New York Times did not even send a critic to Carnegie Hall. The Herald Tribune sent its second-stringer, Jerome D. Bohm. He and a tiny audience of ushers and friends of the artist had the 2,800-seat Carnegie Hall to themselves.

A few hours later, Jerome Bohm reported excitedly: "Entirely unheralded, the finest woman pianist since Teresa Carreno* made her North American debut. ... It would scarcely be possible to imagine a more searching, tonally ravishing interpretation."

Patience...

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