The Marvelous musical prodigy, Blind Tom,: the Negro boy pianist,
whose performances at the great St. James and Egyptian halls, London, and Salle Hertz, Paris,
have created such a profound sensation.
Anecdotes, songs, sketches of the life, testimonials of musicians and savans, and
opinions of the American and English press, of "Blind Tom."
FRENCH & WHEAT, BOOK AND JOB PRINTERS,
13 AND 15 PARK ROW.
Blind Tom can only play what he hears or improvises. Until about two years ago a list of pieces that Tom had heard was kept, numbering nearly 2,000. Unfortunately this catalogue was lost. Since that period he has heard perhaps 3,000 pi eces, and his repertoire now numbers upwards of 5,000, entirely at his memory's disposal. From this extensive store Tom will introduce selections from Beethoven, Bach, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Thalberg, Gottschalk, and others; and also give his marvelous and amusing Imitations, Recitations, Anecdotes, &c., &c.
THE GREAT NEGRO PIANIST.
The performances and the character of the child generally attract so little attention, or the remembrance of them is so obscured by the lapse of time before the achievements of the man have made them subjects of interest, that it is always difficult, and often impossible, to gratify the curiosity naturally felt, to know the traits, qualities, and actions, which people imagine must have stamped the child as remarkable, as in the man they have been developed into powers which have lifted him to fame. Such, however, has not been the case with the subject of this sketch. His peculiarities were so singular, and some of them apparently so incompatible with others, as to attract attention in his early infancy; his powers so wonderful, even in their first manifestations as to astonish and bewilder all who witnessed them. Those who did not witness, did not believe; or rather they could not conceive; for afte...