Old Masters at Play
As Jacobson -- himself a renowned pianist -- told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer about the incident involving the revered musician who is still considered one of the finest pianists of the twentieth century:
"After Mr. Horowitz, my compatriot and lifelong friend, had finished his recital in Meany Hall, we went to ... my private studio where, on two pianos, we played from the old masters for several hours. Eventually -- in fact I admit that it was late ... Mr. Horowitz agreed to play me some of his own compositions on the larger piano in the living room. His rendition was exquisite ... . But suddenly an abrupt knock on the door ended the music. I answered the summons and there in the doorway stood a policeman. He was tall as a tree."
Piano and Case Closed
The officer informed the men that "That music must stop. The doctor says it must." Jacobson continued: "I demanded to know the name of this mysterious doctor, but the policeman looked at me blankly and the two of us were face to face with an impasse. Horowitz, however, realizing my own embarrassment at the affront he had just received, smilingly closed the piano and said, 'Come, my old friend; I guess it is better that we quit.'"
The P-I further reported that Jacobson spent much of that Friday surveying his doctor neighbors to try and determine "whose slumber may have been interrupted by golden music. All of them, however, denied any connection with the episode."