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Selected Content from the February 1918 Edition of The Etude

    The World of Music

    Carlo Mora, a well known and able musician of Italian birth, passed away on December 23, 1917, at the Home for Retired Music Teachers, in Germantown, Pa. Signor Mora was a native of Norara (Piedmont), Italy, and grew up amid… Read More

    Editorials

    From the hour of birth until 21 years, when a man becomes of age, there is a span of 184,000 golden hours. That is the area of his youth and in that area he may build his structure in which he shall achieve his greatness or meet his failure. Of those 184,000 fractions of eternity, it is said that only about 7,000 are spent in school—a very small contribution to so important a matter—about one-twenty-fifth of the whole glorious time of youth. Read More

    Rates of Tempo in the Past and Present

    Electrocuting Chopin - Should Chopin be played in accordance with the spirit of the time in which he lived; should his works be played in the tempo in which he played them, or, because electricity has brought about so many changes and has enabled us to do so many things much more rapidly than formerly, should Chopin’s music be electrified, or, as it seems to me, electrocuted? Read More

    Musical Questions Answered

    Raff was a very impecunious person, who had no idea whatever of the value of money and ran in debt frequently. His whole thought was to be able to compose. There is little doubt that his great talent was much hampered by the fact that he was forced for many years to write pot boilers. He did the best he could under the circumstances. Read More

    The Two-Fold Vitality of Anglo-Saxon Music

    Americans and British are to my mind intensely musical races, especially from a creative (compositional) standpoint, but we are musically primitive races when viewed in the aggregate; at bottom closer allied to the musical instincts of South Sea Island Polynesians and African Negroes than to those of Hollanders, Frenchmen and Germans, for instance. Read More


    Can Ugly Music Be Beautiful?

    If beauty depends upon natural laws, then the ugly also must depend upon them. At present, there seems to be taking place a reaction from the pursuit of the beautiful to that of the ugly. Read More


    The Case of Richard Wagner vs. Democracy

    Allowing that Wagner Operas could be given in the English language in America, without rendering personal assistance to dangerous alien enemies, should they be debarred from our stage at the present time? Read More


    The Phenomenon of “Blind Tom”

    In his day, people regarded Tom merely as a great freak, as he indeed was. Nowadays, people realize that his case was principally interesting because it was a marvelous manifestation of the sub-conscious or dream mind as differentiated from the conscious mind. Tom’s mind, that is, his conscious mind, was just about sufficient to remove him one step from the helpless imbecile who has to be fed and cared for. Read More




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