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By Chick Corea

Out of print self released booklet by way of Chick Corea with a few of his insights into taking part in the piano, comping, making time, composing, and his own rules as a musician.

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Melba wrote tersely in her memoirs, 'I returned to my father's house. I never went back'. Cecchi was as good as his word. On Saturday 17 May 1884 Mrs Armstrong made her professional debut as a concert artist in the Melbourne Town Hall singing 'Ah! fors'e lui' from La Traviata (Verdi) in the first half and filling in for a missing soprano in a quartet in the second half. Mary Ellen Christian appeared on the same programme, a benefit for composer-conductor Gottlieb Elsasser given by the Metropolitan Liedertafel.

The memoirs record that Nellie 'heard rumours that Signor Cecchi was threatening to seize [her) trunks if {she) did not pay his bill before (she) left'. The early Murphy version of the story then says that Nellie was afraid that word of Cecchi's action would reach her MRS ARMSTRONG 37 family, in particular her father, and revive his opposition to her career. She implies that Mitchell had no knowledge of the lessons, let alone that she was in debt because she had wrongly believed herself capable of meeting costs from her concert fees.

What was to turn into a disastrous marriage went ahead more or less through his professional persuasiveness. The newly married couple, the bridesmaid and the father of the bride then packed their trunks and shipped out together, heading south for Melbourne. During three months' honeymoon at Doonside, Charlie was off on business most of the time and Nellie resumed lessons with Cecchi. By April the Armstrongs were on the way north again. If David Mitchell had wanted Nellie near him and had consequently tried to settle Charlie into suitable work in Melbourne, he had failed.

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