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Selected Content from the June 1897 Edition of The Etude

    Questions and Answers.

    “Each key of the pianoforte is a semi-tone from that which is next to it, whether it be a white key or a black one,” means just what it says. From a white key to a black one, or vice versa, is a semi-tone, and from a white key to another white one, where there is no black one between, is also a semi-tone, as from B to C, or E to F. Read More

    Musical Items

    HOME.  Ysaye, the Belgian violinist, will return to this country next fall. The two De Reszkes, Calvé, and Melba received this season about $500,000. H. Woolson Morse, the composer of “Wang,” “Panjandrum,” and “Dr. Syntax,” is dead. Indiana’s Music Teachers’… Read More

    Special Notices.

    THE COMMITTEE ON LITERATURE of the Woman’s Department of the Music Teachers’ National Association desires names of women who are or have been at any time actively engaged in literary work pertaining in any way to music, with a brief biographical sketch of each and typical specimens of work. Read More

    The Meat and Drink of the Singer — Vocal Department.

    This is not a delicate subject. On the contrary, it is a practical, every-day consideration. A well-fed man— and by that I mean a scientifically well fed man—has resources which the unscientifically fed, or the unfed man is entirely destitute of. The singer must be better nourished than any other professional. The demands made upon him by his profession are greater on the score of brawn and muscle, brain and vitality, in combination, than can possibly be required in any other field of effort. Read More


    H. W. Greene, Editor Vocal Department of The Etude

    H. W. Greene, Editor Vocal Department of The Etude: Dear Sir.—Referring to your three questions touching the subject of a vocal congress, I would answer to the first: Yes, an exchange of ideas upon any subject which concerns a great… Read More


    Answers to Voice Questions.

    W. E —Tradition sanctions the pronunciation of the first syllable of the word Abraham as if spelt Ah, when sung in Oratorio. In chanting, such a pronunciation would appear forced and pedantic. I should give the first syllable the long… Read More


    Church Music.

    Speaking of choir matters, Dudley Buck says, in the Sunday School Times, that: “1. The choir is supposed to sing with spirit and precision, not accommodating itself to the dragging tendency of the congregation. This is the purpose for which… Read More


    The Musical Listener.

    The labor of love carried out by Frau Cosima Wagner in glorification of her husband’s highest ideals is well known to the world, but comparatively few realize how earnestly and with what enthusiasm Robert Schumann’s wife, friend, and intimate co-worker… Read More


    Folk-Music - By J. C. Fillmore.

    The time has arrived when musical historians and students of the history of music can no longer afford to ignore the study of folk-music. It is common to begin our musical histories with a meager reference to the music of… Read More


    Thoughts On Expression.

    BY ROBERT BRAINE. “If no have handsome, how can?” was the blunt and unconsciously sarcastic rejoinder of an enterprising Chinaman who had started up in the crayon portrait line, in the Bowery district of New York, in response to the… Read More


    An Anecdote of Liszt.

    BY SILAS G. PRATT. The great pianist-composer had such a kind heart, was so generous and approachable, that he was not infrequently victimized by the designing and unscrupulous. An incident that tested his forbearance and gentle manners occurred, during my… Read More




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