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Club-Work in Indian Territory.

A musical club in Muskogee,  I. T., sends us, through Mrs. Leda C. Steele, a most interesting account of its organization.

Mrs. Steele writes:

“The program of our music club for this season will give you some idea of the work that is being done in the Indian Territory.

“Last spring we had E. B. Perry and William H. Sherwood for recitals, and last evening a most pleasing and enjoyable concert by Miss Electa Gifford and Mr. Sydney Lloyd Wrightson. Later in the season we expect to have Steindl, and others.

“Our little band of workers is composed of ladies from all parts of the country who have made their homes here, but who have had splendid advantages musically in all of our larger cities.

“Muskogee is a town of about 5000 inhabitants, and in the heart of the Indian country. Until last spring there had not been an artist-recital in the whole territory. So you see we are doing missionary-work, to a certain extent. Any mention you may see fit to make of our club-work in your magazine, or any favors in the way of suggestions, would be most gratefully received.

“Muskogee has fine colleges, three of which are quite worthy of mention, and I am sure several of our club members, some of whom are teachers in these colleges, take The Etude, and feel they could not do without it.”

The programs of this club are so excellent that we publish them for the benefit of other program-makers. The points that are particularly valuable are (1) high quality of the music; (2) well-made programs from the point of recitals, enjoyable occasions; (3) freshness of topics for discussion; (4) practicability for amateur players.

No. 1.—English: The Study of English Songs (David Bispham). Musical Sketches, Op. 10, The Lake, The Millstream, The Fountain (Bennett). Cycle of Songs, Sea Pictures (Elgar). L’Adieu, Mandolin (Richards). Intermezzo (Dunham). Finale, Sonata in C-minor.

No. 2.—English: Sketches. “Pinafore,” selections (Sullivan). Nymphs and Shepherds (Purcell). The Moth and the Maiden (Liddle). Violin, Shepherd’s Dance (Edward German). A Dream (M. V. White). Sans Toi (Guy d’Hardelot). Chorus, The Rose Maiden (Cowen).

No. 3.—English: Music in England To-day. Chorus, Lost Chord (Sullivan); A Lovely Rose (Hermes). O, Vision Entrancing, A Song of Sunshine (Goring Thomas). Gavotte, Op. 88; Ungarisch, Op. 88, No. 4 (Hoffman). Endymion (Liza Lehmann). Concerto, A-minor (Frederick Cowen).

No. 4.—German: Topic, Materials of Musical Composition. (a) Rhythm, March from “Tannhäuser” (Wagner). (6) Harmony, Prelude, C-minor, Op. 28 (Chopin1), (c) Melody, Nocturne, D-flat (Doehler).

(d) Motive, End of Song, Op. 12, No. 8 (Schumann). Songs (Strauss).

No. 5. — German: Composers. Pensée Fugitive, Idylle, Menuetto (Bargiel). Mandolin Trio. Mainacht, Meine Liebe is Grün (Brahms). La Fileuse (Raff). Chorus, Hark, Hark, the Lark! (Schubert).

No. 6.—German: Topic, Materials of Musical Compositions. (a) Contrapuntal, Prelude and Fugue, C-minor (Bach). (b) Thematic, Fantasie, Op. 5 (Saran). (c) Lyric, Melodie in F (Rubinstein), (d) Descriptive, Bird as Prophet (Schumann). Concerto (Brahms).

No. 7.—German: Study of German Song (Schumann-Heink). Spring Flowers, Violin Obligato (Reinecke). Violin, Der Sohn der Haide (Kéler Béla). In a Year, Forsaken (Bohm). Toward Thy Lips (Bemberg). Song (Brahms).

No. 8—French: Study of French Song (Pol Plangon). Menuetto, Op. 65 (Saint-Saëns). Waltz, Op. 26 (Godard). Sonata, Violin and Piano (Cesar Franck). My Life Its Secret Hath, In the Woods (Bizet).

No. 9.—French: The Great French Organists. Rakoczy March, “Damnation of Faust” (Berlioz). Valse Caprice, Op. 33 (Chaminade). Aria from “Le Cid” (Massenet). Si Mes Vers Avaient des Ailes (Hahn). Entr’acte Gavotte, “Mignon” (A. Thomas).

No. 10.—French: Discussion on French Music. Violin Concerto, A-minor (Vieuxtemps). Duettino (Delibes). Barcarolle (Faure). Open Thy Blue Eyes, Good Night (Massenet). Cantabile (Widor).

No. 11.—Gypsies and Their Music. The Gypsies (Brahms). Dance of the Gypsies (Lack). La Zingara (Donizetti). Rhapsodie Hongroise (Liszt). Czardas, Op. 82, No. 2, Hongroise (Rubinstein). Songs My Mother Taught Me (Dvorak).

No. 12.—Hungary: Hungarian Music and Musicians. Hungarian Dance (Behr). Fantaisie (Joachim). Leaves from My Diary (H. Hoffman). The Loreley (Liszt). Liebesträum (Liszt).

No. 13.—Italy: Italian Music and Musicians. Selections from “Aïda” (Verdi). Funiculi, Funicula (Denza). Mandolin Duet, Stella d’Amore (Bellenghi). Canzone Lituane (Sgambati). Cavatina Bel Raggiolusinghier (Rossini). Campane da Festa Epitalamio (Sgambati).

No. 14.—Russian: Paper, The Russian School of Music. Prelude in C-minor, (sic) Op. 3, No. 2 (Rachmaninoff). The Musical Snuff-Box, Op. 32 (Liadow). Night, Etude in E (Glazounow). Thou Art Like Unto a Flower (Rubinstein). Petite Mazurka (Sapellnikoff). The Two Larks, Mazurka (Leschetizky). Etude Mignon (Ed. Schütt). Farewell, ye Mountains, “Jeanne d’Arc” (Tschaikowsky).

No. 15.—Scandinavian: The Scandinavian School. Rustle of Spring, Op. 32, No. 3, Serenade (Sinding). Sunshine Song (Grieg). Thine Eyes so Blue and Tender (Lassen). Good. Morning (Grieg). Herbststurm (Grieg). Sonata, Violin and Piano, Op. 8 (Grieg). Overture, No. 3 in C (Gade). Etude (Neupert). Humoresque (Neupert).

No. 16.—Polish: Study of Paderewski’s new opera, “Manru.”


1Not quite German.


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