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Selected Content from the April 1912 Edition of The Etude

    The Etude Gallery of Musical Celebrities

    ERMANNO WOLF-FERRARI. (Vohlf-Fayr-rahr'-re.) Wolf-Ferrari was born in Venice, January 12, 1876. His father was a German painter, and it was originally intended that the son should adopt his father's career. Music always claimed his attention, however, though he was self-taught until... Read More

    Useful Recital Music

    Pupils of George B. Chatfield, E. R. Kroeger, Signa Olsen, Beaton School of Music, Carson School of Music, and Mrs. Dupuy Lee Harrison. Read More

    Why Rubinstein Wrote “Kamennoi Ostrow.”

    One of Rubinstein’s most popular pieces is his Kamennoi Ostrow, Opus 10, No. 22. This is one of a set of pieces named after an island in the Neva river, Russia. The following short article from Musical Trades gives an excellent idea of the source of Rubinstein’s inspiration. Read More

    Questions & Answers

    Ragtime is really an imitation of negro music, the word “rag” being used to describe certain negro jollifications. It is rhythmic and syncopated, and should do no harm if played in moderation. But the student who has not fully developed his musical taste for higher things should decidedly let popular or trashy music alone during the hours of strict practice. Read More

    The World of Music

    In consequence of the actions of the French Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music, many prominent artists are eliminating the French numbers from their programs. The society exacts a fee, or royalty, on the public performance of the works of its members. This is done to ensure the composer receiving a share of the profits attached to the public performance of his works. It appears to be having a contrary effect, however. Lillian Nordica once paid a fee for the privilege of singing Debussy’s Mandoline, but refuses to do so again. Maud Powell has removed the same composer’s Gollywog’s Cakewalk from her program, and other artists have followed suit. An American composer, Blair Fairchild, joined the society in 1902, but finds that it has injured his chances. He now desires to resign, but finds this impossible as the society holds his power of attorney, which is fixed at twenty years. Read More

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