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February 17, 1959 - Image 8

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aney Creates Music, Composers

CREATIVE WORK--Prof. Ross Lee Finney has as his job the
creation of modern, serious music and, in addition, the training
of young composers. He is presently working on "The First Sym-
phony" but has written chamber music, "his greatest interest."

It is very likely that the true
artist is quite absent-minded or
even emotionally disturbed, the
composer said. But he added that
"to confuse the two,, the 'Bo' and
the true artist, is a very bad mis-
take and especially hard on the
The professor was born into a
family of musicians and was writ-
ing his own compositions, "though
they were not very good," at the
age of eight. His first actual in-
troduction to the craft of compo-
sition, however, was when he went
to Europe when he was 22.
Started at Smith
Upon his return to the United
States, he studied at Harvard and
then got his first teaching assign-
ment at Smith College. This was
a really 'big time' musical institu-
tion at that time, the professor
said. "It offered a really vigorous
cultural life and was a wonderful
environment for a young com-
The professor then commended
the University on its understand-
ing of the needs of a creative art-
ist in academic life. "Composing
and teaching at the same time is
a trying schedule for anyone," he
said. But the administration has
not pressured him and has given
him the opportunity to get away
from school every now and then.
These leaves enable him to refresh
his mind and also to study his
"Teaching is not antagonistic to
creative work," he said, "but it can
be if proper understanding is not
given to the needs of the person
who is in both fields," the pro-
fessor added.
Prof. Finney came to the Uni-
versity in 1948 where he now
works closely with a small group
of talented students of composi-
tion. He also teaches a course in
introduction to composition for
those who are not going to be
Weather Ends
Local Skating;,
Shelters Close
Yesterday was the official end
of this winter's skating at the Ann
Arbor parks, Eli A. Gallup, super-
intendent of the city parks and
recreation department, an-
Until next year, he said, shel-
ters will be closed, ice will not be
kept up, and there will be no su-
pervision of skating.
As long as ice remains, the pub-
lie is welcome to skate, he said.
He listed recent and expected
warm weather as the reason for
ending the skating season.
This winter there were 63 days
of skating at the city parks. This,
he said, set a record, according to
available records.

Bulletin Board Boasts Ads
Selling Almost Everything
By BRUCE COLE sale is "Astounding Science Fie
To give University students a tion" magazines from 1937 to 194
chance to buy and sell anything in "fine condition or better at
from flying saucers to trailers for a low price if bought in quan
complete with oil drums, the for "
Michigan Union has provided two tity."
bulletin boards. Last, but not least, is the Indu
Located on the basement level trious student who is trying
Lopposted the ffeesop, dents sell a 1952 automobile in "averag
opposite the coffee shop, students condition with radio, semi-heate
may linger for hours over the seats, windows, doors and simile
small notices on the boards. All equipment."
one needs to do to have a notice "A delightful experience" t1
posted is to take it to the student students say as they read the o
offices of the Union for approval. fers on the Union bulletin board
One student reading the notices Hmmm-curious?
said he never has bought any-
thing, nor does he plan to, but he
likes to stop every hour or so to
see what is up for sale.
Rent Study Space
Among the notices are such
things as a study hall for rent to
be used by five or six students, an
experienced Swiss tutor who will D on't Ru;
tutor students in French and Ger-
man, rides wanted from Ann Ar-
bor to Cleveland, New York, Los
Angeles, and Rochester, and the
usual deluge of rooms for rent.
One person is advertising a
boat for sale which is capable of
pulling five skiers providing their
average, weight is 150 pounds. As
an added incentive, the advertiser
said his boat has bronze propellers
and a flying saucer.
Someone who wants to make a
German student happy is offering
"Living German" a complete lan-
guage course consisting of four
long-play records which were
"merely used to record material
on tape." He is willing to take a SEE: "Inside A
five dollar loss on the item. tures) ab
Washing Machine
Another individual is selling a SEE: "Passion 4
"New washing machine still in its
original crating." The incentive the heart
here s $100 off the original price.
If someone's aim in life is to SEE: The MISS
have a trailer, one is available, SEE: Humor b
complete with its own oil drum.
A briar pipe still in its original merlig
wrapping is for sale at a discount
for anyone who wants to buy it. SEE: The Pled
One of the unique items for N I TY LI F

been. thinking about doing a sym- from the lowest depth to its everyone feels the gesture. Other-
phony, and the Foundation's offer height?" wise, your work has failed, and
was just the spark to set my ideas "Unique Areas" the gesture has not 'lived'," he
in order." "When I have this gesture un- said:
Going down into his studio in derstood, the problem is to trans- Bohemians Conforming
the basement of his house, he late it into music notes," he con- And then he added: "Let- me
nonchalantly pointed out tihe tinued. Each part of the gesture explain one thing, in relation not
'daubings' on the wall, the 'name must find its particular note en- just to music but to any art. It
he gives to the paintings he does vironment, the place where it's is very difficult to distinguish be-
in his sparetime. Then he played going to 'live'." In other words, twee nthe true artist and the Bo-
a small'part of the new symphony each part of the gesture must be- hemian. The 'Bo' just harbors a
on the piano, and explained: come alive in a "unique area" and pretense of individualism. He is
"I believe that the most im- can be placed in no other area, not really an individualist at all,
portant part of any music is that the composer explained. but is conforming to Bohemia.,
it have ph intense feeling of ges- The end of music is the emo- "The artist, on -the other hand,
ture. I must think of that gesture tional expression it evokes, and is a real individual. His cause is
in my mind ... will it be a higl. this expression is the gesture it- deep-grained; he is only con-
gesture, sweepings down, or pers- self. "The idea must be so vividly cerned with the production of his
haps a gesture progressing slowly thought out by the composer that art."
U.S. Grads May A fiend Red Colleges
By- ora grute E spresently be graduate students his participation in the exchange,
Pre-doctoral graduate - ne dend who are proficient in speaking, via his own university, which must
in science, the social sciences and reading and understanding Rus- agree to sponsor him.
Soviet university during 1959-60. sian. They must also be American Funds covering tuition, mainte-
citizens, not over 38 years old, nance and related expenses in the
A cultural exchange agreement who are either unmarried or will- Soviet Union; travel and travel
between the United States and ing to be separated from their related expenses; summer langu-
the Soviet Union was completed families during the academic year age study when necessary, and
last year. The Inter-University abroad, if it proves inescapable. maintenance of dependents where
Committee on Travel Grantswa
asked to administerthant s1958- Two of the 22 American students necessary will be provided.
exchange program for advanced are accompanied by their wives in Completed applications, recom-
graduate rstudents. this year's study at Soviet univer- mendations, transcripts and other
siaes.epapers must be received by the
is p frsentlye opero ihtagr eme The committee will provide each Inter-University Committee by
is prsnl oeainwt 2student the necessary funds for March 31.

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