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Selected Content from the April 1904 Edition of The Etude

    Some Stepping Stones

    BY EDOUARD HIPSHER     Those Little Things. Success and failure are, after all, only relative terms, and we as teachers should be careful to have the largest possible balance on the success side. By herculean efforts, failure may be… Read More

    Perception: Its Relation to Sight Reading

    BY A. W. SEDGWICK.   That perception is one of the principal causes of defective sight reading is proved by the observations made by tests on different pupils of all grades. Slow sight readers are not always the poorest… Read More

    The Higher Side of Music

    BY HENRY T. FINCK   "If you have two loaves of bread," said Mohammed, "exchange one of them for daffodils; for, while bread strengthens the body, to look upon the daffodil rejoiceth the heart."   The editor of The… Read More

    Musical Taste or Expression

    BY FRANCES C. ROBINSON.   At the present time piano students spend such unlimited time and strength in the acquirement of a fine technic that it is necessary that great emphasis should be laid, and very frequently, upon the… Read More

    Recital Programs

    Pupils of the Chicago Piano College. In the Gondola, Bendel; Minuet from Sonata, Op. 10, No. 3, Beethoven; Happy Farmer, Schumann; Two Skylarks, Leschetizky; Night Song, H. H. Watt; Butterflies (Nos. 1 to 31), Schumann; Nocturne in E-flat, Chopin;… Read More

    Questions and Answers

    A. H.-We cannot recommend the surgical operation for the liberation of the ring finger. There have been cases in which fair results have followed, but the operation is one which requires an experienced surgeon. Try careful and consistent finger… Read More

    World of Music

    There is a movement in London in favor of a permanent subsidized national opera.   Ysaye, the great violinist, has been engaged for a series of concerts in the United States next season.   The Neue Musikalische Presse, a… Read More

    Madame Marchesi - Some of Her Teaching Principles

    Madame Marchesi would strike you with interest no matter where you might see her or in what ignorance you might be of her distinguished personality. Of good height and with an erect bearing and carriage that make her appear taller,… Read More

    Richard Strauss

    So much interest is manifested in Richard Strauss, the composer, at present in the United States, that we reprint the following selections from an article by Gustav Kobbé: —   To begin with, he is no connection of the “waltz”… Read More


    BY MARY E. LUGER.   Much has been written upon the subject of nervousness; in fact, there is scarcely a musical journal published that does not treat of the topic now and then, and still the vast number of… Read More

    Taste Versus Prejudice

    BY EDWARD BAXTER PERRY   The ancient adage that "there is no accounting for taste," is founded upon a substratum of truth. Strictly and logically speaking, there is not; but as a matter of surface fact in daily experience,… Read More

    The Stupid Pupil

    BY HELENA M. MAGUIRE.   The stupid pupil is the most desirable pupil a teacher can have. The more stupid the pupil the more clever the teacher must be. The work done with a stupid pupil is productive of… Read More

    The Repertory of Pupils. Why, How, and What?

    BY W.S.B. MATHEWS   By repertory I mean a collection of pieces which, having been taken as lessons, one after another, have been thoroughly learned and are retained by the pupil in such a way as to be played,… Read More

    Puzzle Pictures

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    Suggestions Regarding Music Study and Interpretative Technic

    BY WILLIAM H. SHERWOOD.   This is the age of specialties. It is said that composers have exhausted the resources of melody and harmony, but not so of rhythm. So there is still a chance to combine melodic and… Read More

    Studies of Musical Compositions

    BY PRESTON WARE OREM.   IV. In the interpretation of a piece of music it should constantly be borne in mind that every properly constructed composition is a series of effects, carefully planned and consistently carried out. If the… Read More

    What is Style in Music?

    Translated from the French of Jean d'Udine by Florence Leonard. [We reprint the following from Le Courrier Musical, of Paris, one of a series of letters to young students.—Editor.]     My dear: In my last letter I tried… Read More

    The Masters as Students - Franz Joseph Haydn

     BY ARTHUR L. MANCHESTER.   Franz Joseph Haydn.   I. The stress laid upon the preparatory period in our lives, the steadily increasing machinery of school, college, university and technical institution, and the attention paid by eminent educators to… Read More

    Studies in Musical Biography - Richard Strauss

    BY ARTHUR L. MANCHESTER.     Richard Strauss. The student of musical biography may quickly perceive that of the many who have entered the lists as creative musicians, few have risen to heights of distinctive eminence above their fellows…. Read More

    Lessons in Musical History

    The work of the Florentine circle, as recounted in The Etude for February, had given impetus to the movement for reform in music, and the idea spread to other Italian cities, Bologna, Parma, Rome. One weakness of the Florentine… Read More

    The Boy Piano Student

    The question has often been put to me, Should a boy who shows no especial musical talent be made to study the piano? There are two ways of looking at the matter. The refining influence of music, and its aid in developing the mind is sufficiently recognized to need no further debate just now. Read More

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