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Selected Content from the November 1918 Edition of The Etude


    America is proud of its musical women, proud not only of those who promote music, through such wonderful organizations as the hundreds that are included in the National Federation of Musical Clubs, but to the fine body of women music teachers, the women performers, and to the greatly increasing number of women composers, many of whom have gifts of which any nation might be proud. Read More

    Famous Musical Women of the Past.

    The casual reader imagines that women in ancient times were wholly wrapped up in household affairs— the “Kinder, Küche, und Kirche” that some unprogressive Germans have prescribed for the fair sex in mod­ern days. It is true, that the average wife of the Greek or Roman epoch was kept at home pretty regu­larly, but even in that early period there were some who stood for women’s rights and an emancipated feminism. The profession of music offered them pub­licity, even then. Read More

    Olga Samaroff - What the Life of an Artist Means

    Among the many problems which confront an artist, none is more perplexing than the constant, almost daily, requests for advice from young and aspiring musicians or their anxious relatives. As an appearance with an orchestra is the ambition of every budding virtuoso or singer, I have had even more than my share of such appeals since becoming the wife of an orchestral conductor, and it sometimes seems to me as though the entire next generation were striving to precipitate itself upon the concert stage! Read More

    Musical Celebrities Sell Liberty Bonds

    In this Woman’s issue it is most interesting to present the portraits of three noted musical women engaged in patriotic work with two very distinguished musical husbands. Heading from right to left we have Leopold Stokowski, Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Alma Gluck, Olga Samaroff (Mrs. Stokowski), Clara Clemens (daughter of Mark Twain, Mrs. Gabrilowitsch) and Ossip Gabrilowitsch, Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The picture was taken at the foot of the Liberty Statue standing on Broad Street, Philadelphia. Read More

    To the Girl Who Wants to Compose. Mrs. H.H.A. Beach

    There was once a girl who said to me in an airy manner: “Oh! anybody can write a song!” If she had been a serious, earnest girl, and I had felt the slightest assurance of her sincerity of purpose, I should have taken up the cudgels at once and pounded her remark into as small fragments as I could make. For a girl of her type, I spared myself the trouble. Read More

    Mrs. Frances E. Clarke - Music as a Vocation for Women

    Have you not wished a thousand times that you were a man, that you might do this or that forbidden or prohibited thing? Yes! it has been a “Man’s World” in many ways, but, as an old college friend used facetiously to say, “Them times are went.” Read More

    Mme. Ernestine Schumann-Heink - The Mother’s Part in the Child’s Musical Training

    It is not generally known that Mme. Schumann-Heink’s father was a Czech and that her mother was an Italian. Her interest in the participation of America in the great world war entirely apart from her residence and citizenship in this country since 1904 is a natural one. She has given her services unreservedly to almost every patriotic cause where she has been called. She has sung in camps for the boys from ocean to ocean, and has been obliged to live down all manner of ridiculous and false allegations as to her loyalty. Read More

    Maud Powell - Two Types of Violin Playing

    Miss Maud Powell, the greatest violinist of her sex, in a native of Peru, Ind. Wm. Lewes, of Chicago, was her early teacher; afterward she studied with Schradieck in Leipsic, Dancla in Paris and, Joachim in Berlin. She has made extensive concert tours in most parts of the civilized world, and was the first player to introduce the violin concertos of Arensky, Dvoràk, Saint-Saëns (C min.) and Lalo (G maj.) to America. She has made some very effective transcriptions of various songs and piano pieces for the violin, and has been a contributor to The Etude from time to time. In 1904 she married, and is known in private life as Mrs. H. Godfrey Turner. Her success as a violinist has been a very great source of inspiration among girls who have taken up the study of the violin; indeed, her influence in this particular way has been so wide-reaching that one could scarcely overestimate it. Read More

    The Story of America’s Largest Musical Organization: The National Federation of Musical Clubs

    Not all of the federated organizations connected with the N. F. M. C. are composed exclusively of women, but the organization of the work and the conduct of its important meetings, conventions, etc., have been such a wonderful testimonial to the great efficiency of American women in the musical field that we have made this review of this great enterprise the leading feature of our Woman’s Issue. Read More

    Department for Organists

    In truth the organist in church has a threefold personality. He is a musician and therefore must play correctly; he is an officer of the church and must play religiously; he will fail in his duties if he be not a bit of a psychologist. Let him answer three questions. Do I conform to the high standards of my profession? Is the music I select and style of playing I affect in church secular? Do I consider the reactions from my performances? Read More

    The World of Music.

    Dn. Henry G. Hanchett, one of the best known of American musical educators, died on August 19th, at his residence at Siasconset, Mass. The achievement by which he will be best remembered was the invention of the Sostenuto or Tone Sustaining pedal—the middle pedal now found upon grand pianos… An interesting outcome of women’s war activities is a piano made entirely by a sixteen-year-old girl… Frederic Fradkin, an American violinist educated under Henry Schradieck and others, has been appointed the concertmaster of the reorganized Boston Symphony Orchestra… The Opera Comique at Paris has planned to give over fifty operas in forty days. One will be Dame Libellule, by the young American composer, Blair Fairchild… Mr. Walter Damrosch announced that he had discovered a new work by a French woman composer, Lili Boulanger, which, in his mind, is the greatest production of any of her sex. Read More

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