3rd August, 1904 : “They are nothing but savages.” That’s how the irate Polish pianist Ignacy Paderewski described the 500 Sydney people who walked out during his second recital at the town hall tonight. The large audience enjoyed his concert, but he left the stage in a towering rage. Some people left before he had finished, and although a rousing ovation led him to perform two more pieces, he found himself playing to a rapidly diminishing audience. “In Melbourne no one went out. I have never had an audience behave like that – even in the Wild West.”


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