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Selected Content from the October 1903 Edition of The Etude

    Specifications of Small Organs.

    In procuring a new organ the value of a well-balanced specification cannot be overestimated. While it is true that the voicing of each stop plays an important part in the final result, the selection of the stops at the outset… Read More

    Organizing a Volunteer Choir.

    The easiest way—and it is usually easy enough—to set about organizing a volunteer chorus is to appeal to the young people, not ignoring, of course, such older folk as show any inclination to come in. The young folks are full of energy, looking for new experiences, and will hail with delight any new means of diversion. Just as quickly will they drop out, when the novelty has worn off, unless the director sees to it that the interest is kept alive. Even so a number will be sure to desert sooner or later, but, with a good handful as a nucleus, the choir ought to be a success. Read More

    Is Secular Music Sacred?

    This was the title of an address delivered by the Rev. E. Husband, incumbent of St. Michael’s, Folkstone, at his one hundred and nineteenth monthly “Sunday Afternoons for the People,” on the 6th ult. Mr. Husband prefaced his remarks by… Read More

    Questions and Answers.

    J. L. P. — 1. In a choir of twelve, consisting of four sopranos, three altos, two tenors, and three basses, facing the congregation, with the organist’s back to the choir and congregation, with space for five to stand abreast,… Read More


    Sir George Grove, the eminent English musician, had a very high opinion of professional organists, and thought that their influence in elevating music was as great as that of any class of professional musicians. A number of years ago, at… Read More


    IT is hard to get young people to realize the oft-quoted statement that this is a day of specialists. There is much talk about general education and a broad foundation and all that; talk that is sensible and well meant and that to a certain extent should be heeded; but what we want, after all, is a building, not alone a foundation. That man who goes on forever building foundations in his own education may find as the result that he has on hand a fine assortment of stone walls and cellars and has reared nothing on them all. He is as bad as the Irishman who dug a lot of post holes and wanted to put them on the market. Posts are more marketable than post holes. Read More

    Questions and Answers

    B. D. T.—1. Two notes on the same degree of the staff, connected by a tie, indicate that the first note is to be sustained the value of the two notes. If the second is to be struck both… Read More

    A Cardinal Fault of the Music-Student.

    BY J. S. VAN CLEVE.   I suppose nothing is more disheartening to a teacher of the art of music than to discover that ideas which have been slowly and with pain as well as painstaking imparted to the… Read More

    Recital Programs

    Pupils of Mrs. Katherine Peeples. Der Barbier von Seville (6 hands), Rossini; Murmuring River, Webb; Bolero, Op. 100, No. 5 (8 hands), Streabbog; Melody in F, Rubinstein; Through Forest and Meadow (8 hands), Kirchner; The Last Hope, Gottschalk; Awakening… Read More

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