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Selected Content from the August 1909 Edition of The Etude

    The Etude Gallery of Musical Celebrities


    MORIZ ROSENTHAL.(Ros'-n-tahl.) Rosenthal was born December 18, 1862, at Lemberg, where his father was professor at the chief academy. At eight years of age he commenced his piano studies under Galoth, who did not pay much attention to technic, but... Read More

    Recital Programs

    Pupils of Miss Mamie Merrill, Adah Putnam, Howard C. Zook, Miss Ida Truitt, Emil Liebling, and others. Read More

    The Influence Of The Amateur In Music

    What the musical amateur Robert Browning knew of the art our readers may seek for themselves in his “Abt Vogler,” his “Toccata of Martini Galuppi,” and his “Master Hugues of Saxe-Gotha.” He has made occasional errors in his musical allusions, as in his “Sixths, diminished sigh on sigh” (the “Toccata” above mentioned), which would be an ugly succession of consecutive fifths in disguise. But other poets have joined him in such mistakes, as when Coleridge, in his “Ancient Mariner,” speaks of “the loud bassoon,” meaning the trombone, or when Tennyson builds up a band—in “Come Into the Garden, Maud”—of violin, flute, bassoon,” a score which we should not stay long to hear. Read More

    Answers To Questions

    Q. Did Friederich Wieck have any other famous pupils beside Robert Schumann and his daughters, Clara (Schumann) and Marie Wieck? A. Yes. Among them were H. Von B├╝low, Anton Krause, Fritz Spindler, I. Seiss and Gustav Merkel. Read More

    The World of Music.

    Massenet, the French composer, states that he never ceases composing in his waking hours, and shapes all his music in his mind before he sets pen to paper. He is 67 years of age, goes to bed at eight, rises at four, works till ten, then reads his letters and receives his friends. He never goes to evening performances. Read More

    The Choir Director and His Work.

    BY CLIFFORD DEMAREST.  This is not a new theme; in treating it many points must necessarily seem hackneyed; yet we all need suggestions for our work, and even in going over old ground sometimes a new way will appear which… Read More

    Rhythmical Organists.

    BY CLIFFORD DEMAREST. A serious fault in organ playing is quite prevalent. Having frequent opportunity of hearing organists perform, it has been forced upon me that the performance often possesses a deficiency which destroys the enjoyment to a listener. The… Read More

    Individuality in Accompanying.

    An accompanist should never be too assertive. At the same time, especially with nervous or uncertain soloists, some “lead” or encouragement is often required. An experienced musician will know exactly what to do. In the case of amateur accompanists, however,… Read More

    Wedding Music.

    The custom of playing and singing the “Lohengrin” music at church weddings is an American one. It is unknown in Europe, where people would be scandalized at the mere idea of such a thing. It arose in this country among… Read More

    Playing With Precision.

    With the organ, as in the orchestra, precision must rule; the perfect ensemble of feet and hands is absolutely necessary, whether in attacking or leaving the keyboard. All notes placed in the same perpendicular by the composer must be made… Read More

    Organists and Nervousness.

    How much delicious music is lost to the world through nervousness, how much of a musician’s intimate feelings remain unexpressed, their existence quite unsuspected by that grim ogre, the public! A writer, a composer or a painter can work in… Read More



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