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Selected Content from the February 1906 Edition of The Etude

    Three Modern Opera Composers As Seen By The Caricaturist.


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    One Side of the Musical Situation.


    A teacher in any line of musical work should always say a good word for the betterment of the church music and the putting of it in the hands of professional people at reasonable salaries. He should impress on his pupils and such of their families as he comes in contact with, the fact that only thoroughly prepared musicians should enter the profession. Read More


    A Conversation.


    One of the most characteristic things about a man of the world is his reticence in the presence of strangers—especially so, concerning his own affairs. These two men, in addition to the conventional caution of their kind, were also each a little sensitive as to his profession. It is not quite explicable, yet we sometimes see a full grown man trailing about with a music roll under his wing and not at all shy. There are others, however, who are. Read More


    My Pupil.


    [I]f the teacher is able to hold for a long term of study the less talented pupil, she who may be called one of average talent, he is entitled to all the credit of the success. Here is work that is interesting, and the results to the earnest teacher even more gratifying; for he not only must be accredited with the negative virtue of doing no harm, but with the ability to achieve where success seemed elusive, if not impossible. Read More


    American and German Opera Conditions Contrasted.


    BY C. M. HOOK.  [We are glad to give space in this issue to the following letter from a correspondent of The Etude, Miss C. M. Hook, now in Berlin. It gives some interesting details as to work in Grand… Read More


    Breathing Exercises.


    The two acts of inhaling and of exhaling constitute respiration. The art of correct breathing ought to be, from the very beginning, one of the most important objects of the student who aspires to become a skilful singer. The act of respiration is under the control of the midriff or diaphragm, a large, thin muscle closing the case of the chest cavity and separating the thorax from the abdomen. Read More


    Hints to Young Song Composers.


    If you are a singer, you will probably produce a much more singable composition than a composer who does not fully comprehend what the human voice can do. Notable instances among American songwriters are J. C. Bartlett, Carl Sobeski and Eugene Cowles, all of whom are as well known vocalists as composers. Read More


    An Episode


    It is very inspiring to realize that the greater the artist, the surer one may be that extraordinary attention has been given to detail in the preparation for public appearance. Read More


    Train the Ear


    The modern complaint of the listener is not of the nervousness of the singer, but rather is it of the too evident self-consciousness of the vocalist; and we credit it, however truly I know not, to the modern methods of what is called voice production. Read More


    A Great Singer’s Advice to Students


    I am of the opinion that the voice of the American woman is, as a rule, better than that to be found abroad. They say we Americans sing through our noses. This is hardly true. At any rate, we do not sing through our noses half so much as the French do. Read More


    The Meaning of Song. A Quotation from Mendelssohn.


    Music is more definite than words, and to seek to explain its meaning in words is really to obscure it. Read More




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