THE MICHIGAN DAILY
SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 1923
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Music and American Audiences
The attitude of American audiences NORMAND L
toward ensemble playing is one lack-E
ing greatly in understanding. The valuable lessons that the old world
average concert goer is an advowee has to teach, and instead created a
of the star system; he is insincere in civilization based upon a practical
his judgment of music and when he viewpoint of life, thus naturally ex-
hears an orchestra concert, he fixes cluding art .and refinemnent from her
his attention upon the conductor, or habitude. .
upon a musician or some instrument Nothing, however, so imperils the1
who or which happens to draw his spread of culture as the- music teacher'
fancy. In his maood toward chamber who informs the pupil that MacDowell
music these- facts are unmistakably is one of the greateist composers, or
proven. He sits through a quartet the music contest which requires the
concert, and then he leaves the hall playing of the MacDowell Concert
with no impression left upon him. The Etude or of ;haminade's conposi-j
instruments, the musicians did not \tions. In technique and methods our
seer.: to have captured his attention. institutions have, by far, out-classed
He sat there, restless for want of the European conservatories; but be-!
something to do--for something to hind the methods- there must be taste,
think about, while before him plaked and that can not be drilled into a stu-
the Flonzaleys--Haydn, Mozart, Schu- dent. One who is not yet well enough<
Bann, or Cesar Franck. along in his work to form his own.
Ensemble playing is the highest and- ideas upon music and composers takes
.most artistic form of music. Indivi- for granted his teacher's word; andI
dual playing has, of course, m a n yi when he is assigned the MacDowellj
times risen to a sublime degree. of "Water Lily", the "Flatterer" byi
aptitude, but in nearly all the instru- Chamninade, or Nevin subtleties, he is;
.mentalists and singers exaggeration filling his mind with, the most com-
and one-sidedness is evident. These monplace side of music; he is entirely
faults are very nearly impossible in unaware of his plight; and further-
good ensemble playing, for it demands more, he considers such choice as the
JCKWOOD most certain to be, but such reforms
are not to be created artificially. A
In music, we Americans have no slow process it will-be,though- in time
background, but the leading perform- we shall find the European seeking
ers, orchestras, and composers are l inspiration from the American music
deeply concerned in the making of j and admiring the American people fir
one. The elimination of trash and their understanding and recognition
the setting of a high standard is al- of, ithe cultured.
There will come a time when you will need a tailor who
is above the average-whose work reflected the pride of
a craftsman and the skill of an artist. When that time
comes, remember .
DETT LING, Tailor
1121 S. Univ.
a smoothing ver of-one's sharp pointsi
thus preventing exaggeration, whichj
has meant- the decline of many artists.I
In all forms of art moderation of ideas
and toning-down of extreme points are
the factors which decide upon the ac-
teal artistic and lasting value of the
work. There-is no Such thing as ex-
tremity in art. If thre- is extremity
there is no art, for art is measured
by its lasting quaities, and in ex-
tremity no such qualities exist.
best. No wonder, then, that when he
runs up against a Beethoven: Sonata he
is unable to conquer it. It is far be-
yond his mental ability. He has ba-
bied and hunoured his mind up to that
j time, and- so he compares MacDowell
and Beethoven much the same as
1 would% a-.farmer compare a cheap pic-
ture of Pocahontas on an alfalfa seed
advertisement with a Rembrandt
painting Feeding a student on Mac-
Dowell is usually a case of egotism.
Your Friends at Home
wil be intettd in
But coming back to our American MacDowell is an American! That is
audiences: why do they not -appreciate the-:winning pass-word. It -isnerely-
the scholarship in a well trained or-I an example of "turning aside what
ganization? Why:are.. they not able . jthe:-old world has to teach". Of late,
to listen t a- Beethoven Symphony or there have bee-American co posers
a Mozart Trio with as great satisfac- who are sure to win a place in- the
tion as they obtain from hearing Mary world. They are men who are serious,
Garden's rendition of "A Little- Grey iwhosare.travelled and experienced, and
Dome in the West", ox 0L best, am~aria ,least, though.perhaps most to say,theyy
mpuaithemany other Michigan
activities'. Send ho me s me plictures
719 N. UNIVERSITY
THE BOOKMAN for March: Men as
well as women should -read "The Flap-,
per's Wild Oats" by -Elizabeth BreqIer.
The title is obviously misleading, but
the article itself, as soon as it gets
*under way, is a very lively discussion
of- Woman's place in contemporary lit-'
erature The accusation made is. that
a- woman is first a woman and- after-
wards an artist; and then Miss Breuer i
says: "As a matter of truth, women
are the most relentless of/ practical
minded prsons," whereas "Men are
play boys." She also condemns edu-
cation, in a woman's college by saying I
that it is too conservative and too an-
ciently out of.date, W women lack
is the aggressive attitude! they are,
radically, passive and clinging, and
until they become positive, creating
forces thoy can never equal men in ,
art; This article' is a rousing intro-
duction to the March Bookman.. I
The rest of the magazine is just or-
dinarily interesting. There'is the us-
ual' gossip about books and authors,
and'the same splendid reviews togeth-,
er with foreign notes and- comments.
"The Parody Outline of Literature"
ventures Romeo and Juliet written by
Dorothy Speare, but it isnothing more
than ten pages long. Floyd.Dell is in
The- Literary Spotlight this month, and
The -Book of the Month is A. E. Hous-
man's "Last Poems" and, is reviewed
by William Rose Benet. .
A very inadequate treatment of a
very important problem is Morris
Fishbein's "The Middleman in Science
Literature" which purports to be an
answer to Mrs. Mary Austin's article
In last August's Bookman which con-
sidered whether or not it is possible
to write of a. scientific subject in a
popular and intelligible manner rather i
than in puzzling technical terms. One
feels as though M~r.Fish-bein'si artile
is -an .advertisement of the medical!
profession rather- than a pertinent dis-
-ussion of his problem.
Two other articles, which are not
exceptional, but are worth reading if
you have time, are: "The Crystal Box"
by Hugh Walpole, and "Illustrating
Books for Children" by Annie Carroll
The only trouble with Robert Cortes
Holliday's "Sermon on Reading," in
which he asserts: "Ay, reading in gen-
eral has got most deplorably to be a
very stereotyped proceeding," is that
it is one thousand times too mild. He
ought to devise some means of jarring
people out of their' rut instead of soft-
ly reminding them that they are in a
rut. A preacher should use dynamite.
THE FREEMAN for February 21:
The outstanding failure for the week
is John Cotton Dana's impertinent at-
tack on "The College Library." The
attack is four columns long and, even
then, fails, chiefly-because it is imbued
with the idea that college students
are craving for knowledge and oppor-
tunities which libraries refuse to sup-
ply. As a matter-of fact, the majority
of students do not; avail themselves of
the opportunities. they already have.
In libraries, supply equals demand in
the long run, and students get what
they want. Mr. Dana was surprised
to learn that most libraries do not
purchase more than one copy of- some
good magazines; but if he would gath-
er statistics regarding how much those
single copies are read, he would prob-
ably be even more surprised.
-This week's- success in -The Freeman
is Mr. Edward Tow-nsend. Booth's re-
mark-able- essay on. "Spring in Flori-
da." Mr. Booth.'s style is so consist-
Sent' in.its rhythm that it might be-call-
ed a prose song.r
Other articles are: 'Shakespeare
and the Actors" by Walter Prichard
Eaton; "A New 'Art of Colour'" by
Arpad G. Gerster; , and. "The Mystery
of Fascismo" by Ludwell Denny.
PEARSON'S for February has variety
if it has nothing else. Its authors
range from Frank- Harris.and Edwin
Markham to Maxim Gorky and Denis
Diderot; and its subject matter varies
like. thatin the Encyclopedia Brittan-
ica. The headache, with which one
emerges from its pages, is due in part,
no doubt, to the illustrations, mostly
by Higo Gellert. Pearson's as a I
whole, though, is too fast, too unre-
strained; and too vehement to be con-
First, we are told by Frank Harris
that Germany is Sliding to-Ruin. Then
the editor, Alexander,, Marky, gives
an angry reply to Dr. Paul H. De-!
Fruif's- article on Dr. Abrams in
Hearst's International . for January.
This reply, .while it probably states
facts, -is sovicious -as.to leave an un-'
favorable impression, and it actually
hurts Dr; Abrams' cause -rather than
furthersit. Edwin Markham's "Plainj
Talk on Poetry" is quite insignificant'
-that is, it signifies- nothing. A good.
poet should, he content. to he a. poet,
and keep his mouth shut t4' prose.
There is, on the other hand, a good
contribution on Chaliapin by Sulamith'1
Ish-Kishor, as well as an illustrated
review of "Johannes Kriesler." The -
names Maxim Gorky and Denis Dide-
rot speak for themselves.
THE DOUBLE -DEALER for February
has no ,very great literary merit, but '
it-- des contain song verygfascinating
prose. The verse is negligible this
time, even though Amy Lowell is re-
presented;. and :the best poem is Hilde-
garde Flanner's "St. Augustine." But
the, story entitled "A ,Troul esome
Charm," by Richard Bowland Kim-
ball, is worthy of the most valuable
attention-its attraction being of the -
same sort as John M. Synge's orj
James Branch Cabell's. The next in ,
I teresting story is Paul Eldridge's
"Conte Giovani Papini," whose villian
wears a curled mustache and sharply,
creased trousers. It is well construct-
from some well known- opera? It is I have learned the difference between
because they lind- no- pleasure, beauty. the comzmonplace. and the lofty. Such
nor .satisfaction. in anything that is composers will .indeed be of value,
not spectacuIai-im. anything that: de- particularly, if they people; still' insist
mands concentration and- serious upon the American composer's being
The question is: can appreciation of To- the American, such a concert as
ensemble, the classic composers, and given by Guy Maier and Lee Pattison
of the foremost composers of the pre- is a novelty, just as the Ukrainian
sent d , be taught to the public? Is :Chorus was a novelty. We' do not
it reasonable to create an artificial fully appreciate it when two such "
appreciation, or shall we trust evolu. artists play as. though it were one
tion to bear our audiences toward a man, nor when a- chorus sings in as'
right understanding of music? I am perfect coordination as an orchestra
inclined to favour the latter. Nothing or an~ ra Te piano being more !
is so utterlyacommonplace as to in- easily-understood by the average per-
fiict upon a mortal a knowledge of art. son than: the- orchestra, we obtained
It would be as istupid as to- train au unusual pleasure from a two-piano
naive Frenchman or. Russian into"the eQncert. When the-.Russians sang to
customs of our country. No, to ereate -us, we were impressed--merely im-
spurious enlightenment would only pressed. We viewed the performance
end in satisfying the people with a- much as-would a child behold a giant
superficial education in music, thouegh redwood tree. He would give no)
it is more probable that the. conucien-. thought to the-wonders- of nature, but.
tioua attempts of. the- apostles of mu- imerely stand aghast. Also did we
sical righteousness- would-. not result -etand aghast .when Koshetz and his
in even that- much. The- only method sjg ers in their gorgeous costumesf
through. which- a.sense of refinement entertained us. Their -effects - the I
can. be instilled into.the Anerican is unusual rhythms,.the ranges. and re-
by presenting,only artistry-to the pwib- courses of the bass section pleased
1c from generation. to generations us. But when we- thought of the
Think of the=bagbround the.simplest, chorus as a unit, that.was too much
Europeanmpossesaes! - His ancestors for us. We could' not consider the- -
have lived in the very midst of the ensemble of the singers,.the fact that
olassicists and he has thus inherited the .emotions and- m-sical traits of
a foundation of- well-rounded, un- each member,including the conductor,
sophisticated: ideals; while, America had been disciplined so that no"ex-E
,bas produced very few. artists, -and aggeration remahied, so that a -perfect
what is more, shehas turned aside the 1 democratic- spirit prevailed.
OW Fashion yields up-tantalizing glimpes of
Her crystal fascinatingly forecast? he new
her new colors, novel new fabrics-every newc
thing;every little whimsy. Here are the- finest
style initiations in early.displays just unpacked her
INew Colors New Fab
ed and brings a thrill in spite it its I
rather repulsive thoughts. "Contact"
by John Corbel is a character sketch
of a college student, "Nurmahal" by,
Elizabeth: J. Coatsworth is curious.
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Baieya-a rewsritrig tan.
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'Beer-a medium brwn.
Cork-a golden brown: -
Sdalwood- a light -chocolate -
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Harvest, Titian-rich golden T
Oakwood-a deep brown.
Mahogany-a group of reds with
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Beach, Sand, :)aytona-popUlar
Cinder, Greystone--ight grey.
Zinc, Pelican-popular grey I
LJnehen-noss green, in a bril-
,Amoja-green with a reseda
Serpent--light reseda green.-
Blue Sprnce.-green with.-a deepJ
Harlequin,. -Emerald-briiant "
Neadow, Grass, Cress-Newe
Crushed Berry Shades--raspb-
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Persian -Pink, Strawberry-rose.
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Firewood-rich light purple.'
F I e s t, Confetti,, Mephisto-
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Citrine, Sulphur--light yellow
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Blistered : crepes=-rt
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JTrouilgrou -a- silki
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on radium ground.
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Equip your room
with a n ew lamp1
I will mean-great improvement
OUR room will be cozier, more
-I comfortable, and at the same time
you'll have - better light for reading
If you place in it-one of these boudoir
ar reading lamps. Metal bases; beau-
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and in his character development he
seems to igive all sides of the ques-.
tion -without, in any way; breaking in
on the motif of the story.
When it becomes apparent to Anne
that she is going to bear a child to
George, Schnitzler takes the opportun-
ity of contrasting the younger genera-
tion with the old. In this he traces
.the >e#fects of N etasche and Ibsen on -
the young folk. George's fight to re-
tain his Nietzschean standards, his
fight- against : the}, development of hi¢
infatuation into pity and sentiment-
alism makes the-entire last part. The:
child dies . immediately taws relieving-:
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