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Selected Content from the August 1891 Edition of The Etude

    Leigh Hunt On the Piano.

    A pianoforte is a most agreeable object. It is a piece of furniture with a soul in it, ready to wake at a touch, and charm us with invisible beauty. Open or shut, it is pleasant to look at; but… Read More

    The Real and the Accessory In Music Study.

    BY W. S. B. MATHEWS. The real thing in the study of music is Music itself; the ability to feel it, enjoy it, reproduce it in such a way as to enable others to enjoy it; to understand it as… Read More

    Shall I Compose?

    BY HENRY T. FINCK. In the preface to the collection of “National, Patriotic and Typical Airs of all Lands,” recently published by order of Secretary Tracy, of the Navy Department, the compiler, Band Master Sousa, says that it was his… Read More

    Education of Pianists-No. IV. (Concluded.)

    BY JAMES M. TRACY. Our last paper left off with the commencement of Cramer’s Studies. These celebrated studies are often taken up too early in the student’s course. Both Dr. Knorr and Prof. Plaidy said they ought never to be… Read More

    Theory As Related To Piano Playing

    BY EDWARD MOORE. Many teachers of the present day ignore theory entirely, claiming that it is unnecessary, and that so long as the pupil is taught technically there is no need of going into an explanation of the more profound… Read More

    Cultivate the Imagination.

    BY H. SHERWOOD VINING. In musical composition every phrase has a meaning, and in order to bring it out clearly, every tone must have a meaning, and must fill its proper relation to the preceding and following tones. The pupil… Read More

    The Polka.

    The origin of the polka is being discussed in some of the Parisian journals. The universally popular dance is said to have been invented in 1830, by an Austrian cook, who, finding herself dull in her kitchen, sang and danced… Read More

    Editorial Notes.

    TYPES OF PUPILS. Inattention, it is said, is the pupil’s worst fault. There needs to be an effort made from the first lesson to teach the pupil to grasp a thing and not only to understand it, but take such… Read More

    The Teacher’s Forum

    [Teachers are invited to send The Etude short letters on subjects of general interest to the profession, such as studio experiences, ways of working and practical ideas, but no controversial letters will be accepted.] “MERE TECHNIQUE.” Many speak scornfully of… Read More

    Thorough Practice.

    It is said that one of the most eminent lady American pianists (Mme. Rive King) owes her great command of the resources of the keyboard to a somewhat strange and rigorous style of practice. The system seems to be also… Read More

    Time For a Lesson.

    BY CARL E. CRAMER. The following schedule, which has been dictated by many years of experience, may be of some use to young teachers. It is, of course, applicable only to children of average capacity. For geniuses and blockheads, special… Read More

    Sound Sensations.

    Professor Bain, distinguished sound considered as sensations into three classes: The first, comprises the general effect of sound as determined by quality, intensity, and volume or quantity, to which all ears are sensitive. The second, includes musical sounds, for which… Read More

    Concert Programmes.

    Baylor University, Waco, Texas.Paroles D’Amour, Ganz; Chant Poetique, Houseley; Impromptu, No. 2, Schubert; Aspiration, Sydney Smith; Polonaise, Chopin; Fantasia, No. 23, Mozart; Rondau Brilliante, Op. 62, Weber; Ballade, Op. 47, Chopin; Tarantelle, Pieczonka; Rhapsodie Hongrois, No. 6, Liszt. Wesley an… Read More

    Musical Items.

    [All matter intended for this Department should be addressed to Mrs. Helen D. Tretbar, Box 2920, New York City.] The Ohio M. T. A. met at Cincinnati on July 1st, 2d and 3d. Remenzi, the violinist, will revisit this country… Read More

    Special Notices.

    RETAIL MUSIC CLERK wanted in a large music store in one of our leading cities; none but those having extended experience need apply. Address, Music House, care of The Etude Office. Read More

    Education of Pianists-No. IV.

    A teacher who has given us a Liszt, Thalberg, Döhler, Wilhnarr, DeMeyer and other great performers, cannot be ignored, though some of his studies may have become old fashioned from having others of more recent date take their place. Recently, we have had sent us a selection of Czerny’s etudes which we can earnestly recommend in full. Read More



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