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Selected Content from the January 1901 Edition of The Etude

    Music in the Twentieth Century

    LOUIS C. ELSON. PROPHECY is, in general, a very hazardous undertaking, and in the field of music it is especially so, for, while the other arts have their fixed rules, composition has not a single law which may not… Read More

    Questions and Answers

    S. G. G.—In the Tonic Sol-Fa system Soh is used for Sol, as in the series as usually taught, and Ti for Si, making the series of syllables, Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Soh, La, Ti. The I is dropped… Read More

    Musical Items

    Grieg is reported to be very ill.   Mascagni is at work on an intense spiritual drama.   The Pittsburgh Orchestra will make a tour in April and May.   Paderewski's new opera is named "Mauru," and is in… Read More

    Stick to the Classics

    ROBERT BRAINE.   If you think that you can increase the size of your class and your popularity as a teacher, by lowering your standard to the popular trash of the hour, you will be sadly mistaken. At a… Read More

    Modern Polyphony

    ROBERT GOLDBECK.   Polyphony refers to that style of musical composition most fully represented by the fugue, in which two or more independent voices or parts continue their play from beginning to end. During the earlier period of fugal… Read More

    Despondency

    MADAME A. PUPIN.   Most teachers have one or more pupils in a chronic state of despondency and also some who, perhaps, begin with sufficient energy and enthusiasm, but who lapse into despondency because their lessons require more persistent… Read More

    Perseverance

    ALFRED VEIT.   Mr. John D. Rockefeller is reported to have said recently, that "there is no quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even Nature."   These golden… Read More

    Action

    PERLEE V. JERVIS.   Clearness, velocity, and brilliancy of execution, the evenness of the trill, depend more upon the up- action of the fingers, than on down. Because tone comes only on the down motion of the key, many… Read More

    The Hyphenated Phrase

    WILLIAM BENBOW.   It frequently happens that the first note of a phrase is the last one printed at the end of a staff, while the rest of the phrase is continued on the next staff or page. This… Read More

    Special Notices

    IN MISS SHEDD'S BOOK ON THE "AMERICAN Method," which will soon be published, she will give scientific reasons why the "American Method," or the science of pure tone-development, has never been taught. The scientific principles of this method will… Read More



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