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Selected Content from the September 1904 Edition of The Etude

    Theodor Leschetizky - Studies in Musical Biography.

    Theodor Leschetizky was born in Poland, his father being a music-master to a noble Polish family. The father’s marriage to a well-endowed young woman of good family after he had been in the nobleman’s service some time made the relation between employer and employed a very pleasant one, and the boy’s early years were happily spent in the home made for his parents in the castle. Read More

    Lessons in Musical History.

    At the present day we are so accustomed to the idea of a person’s studying singing that we may sometimes think that there was always a science of singing. Not so. The first songs were undoubtedly rude war-chants and religious songs, which were merely a sort of declamation, partaking in no sense of what we call melody. Read More

    Special Notices

    AMATEUR COMPOSITIONS CORRECTED AND Revised for publication. Examination fee, $1.00. Address with stamped envelope: Waldemar Malmene, Mus. Bac. Cantab., 2736 Lawton Avenue, St. Louis, Mo. Read More

    Home Notes.

    Mr. E. B. Story, after twenty-three years of service as organist and choirmaster at Edwards Church, Northampton, Mass., has resigned. Mr. Story’s duties at Smith College have increased, and he feels it essential to give more time there. Read More

    Musical Items

    The bodies of Johann Strauss (elder) and Joseph Lanner, the famous waltz composers, were exhumed in Vienna. Strauss’ violin, which was buried with him, had entirely fallen away to dust, but the body was in fair preservation. *** In the trial of three music students arrested at a concert in Paris for persistent hissing, on account of the introduction of a piano concerto in one of the programs of the Colonne Orchestra, the judge dismissed the case on the ground that since approval was not objected to, disapproval could not be restrained. Read More

    Has Each Key an Individual Character? By Percy Goetschius Mus. Doc.

    If this could be proven; if, as many of the most sensitive and critical musical observers believe, each separate major key has its own peculiar mood or atmosphere, then we might point to still another, and probably the best and most convincing answer to the question: Why is music written in so many keys? Read More

    The Infant Prodigy.

    One of the most difficult and trying things in the life of a professional musician is the frequent attack of “infant prodigy.” Hardly a week passes that he is not exposed to a more or less virulent form of it, and no antiseptic or vaccination yet devised renders him immune. He must submit with as good a grace as he may—accept it as a necessary evil and be pleasant about it. Read More

    What is a Sonata?

    What is a sonata? The question is shorter to ask than to answer. To follow all the changes in the significance of the word, several centuries old, requires time. We will consider it briefly. Read More

    The Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences - Its Musical Work. By James Francis Cooke.

    The Institute itself was originally started in the year 1823 by a few gentlemen including Augustus Graham, who determined to establish a free library for the apprentices of the town. On July 4, 1825, General Lafayette laid the cornerstone of the first building. From this very small beginning has grown this Institute, with a membership of 6600, giving over 4000 concerts, lectures, and meetings a year, and holding properties valued at $2,500,000 and upward. Read More

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