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May 25, 1924 - Image 13

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Atusic and Drama

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Seldes Favors Synco pa t M usic in the is to be given, but local musicians will V
sS essio offer a regular series of concerts, with r
-summer Session an occasional visiting soloist, and sev-
A s 267'5CNisCal___o + eral lecture-recitals are scheduled.
Ausicdduring the summer session, !Members of the faculty of the Un- c
THE LIVELY ART OF MR. WRITE- 7. The jazz band is in reality a though for the most 'part reminiscent rversity School of Music will particip-s
'IAli small orchestra. Iof the past year of Choral Union and ate in Wednesday evening recitals n
by Gilbert 'Seldes Of those propositions the first is May Festival concerts, and anticipa- i1ill auditorium;throughout the sum- i
(Note: This article is reproduced ffundamental. It means that whether tory of the coming season when sim- mer session. Programs of 'both r6
with the permission of the publishers yd cafl it vulgar or refined, you are ilar artists will appear, is not entire- strmeital and ivocal inusic are
from" "The Seven Lively. Arts" byGil- compelled by the facts to recognize y stricken from the calendar of msice illtalsot beincluded; to :be
bert Seldes,.former editor of The Dial.) the work of a conductor like White- events. No course of artist concerts Ischeduled for these concerts, And it
. aneais l. If you take themes Splayed lby Harry Russell Evans, guest
As f asa is known, the first jazz mom aewritten for the small orchestra, music instructor in organ of the Summer
Asnfra istknows gfistnjazza piano arrangement, or put Isolda's embodying the characterization of Am
cocr nteworld was give n session. Mr. Evans is well :known in
Paris several yea rs ano under the melody into the flute when you play erican rhythms. Relieved of the nec- Ann Arbor, having been assistant in
directionaofl the brilliant young the Liebetsod from Tristan at a syi- essity of considering the dancers de~ the organ department of, the. School .
Fren~ch musician Jean. Wiener. The phony concert, you are dotngessenti- mand of 2-4 or 4-4 time, and given for four years, before going to his pro-
firstnhe ianAmericanas played by ally the same thing as Whiteman does Ievery opportunity to exploit a wonder- sent position as organist of the First
Paul Whiteman at Aeolian Hall on when he takes Limehouse Blues and ful orchestral combination to its lini- Presbyterian church of Bay City.
February a t Aean. o ha s it arranged for his particulart A mericana composers have before efnite programs for these Wednes
Febrary12 of this year. The delay 'ruI fistuet.I hsbe hmth ra hnc fcetn
in America was due, solely to that un- the general superstition that all you American music not in imitiation of day concerts will be announced during
happy familiarity which breeds con- needed to do in order to "jazz"apieceEopean,but in their own idioms. the summer session. All concerts ar
tmtAlhuhmusicians in Europe needttdinordreo"ia saleeummeran usi heron dom.tesion l ocet r
tempt. Although of music, was to debase it. The truth o . open to the public.
had for years been praising American percent of the music The opportunity came withthean.
popular music, although Darius is that eighty-five n ft emus If he had done nothing else, thereT A lecture-recital on the subject
haud had been studying jazz orchest- sed by Whiteman is first mademt 'e would still be gratitude enough for Mr. une tFool and Hisheh Fiddle" i a.n
rainadhdaically interesting by the treatment he htenonacutfhicmpl-nouinced to be given by' Prof. M. C.1
ration and Strawinsky had written ga s Winteorge Gerhwn t o it hi
ragtime, Americans knew the material gives it. ing George Gershwin to write his Wier. Professor Wier has given
too well to be impressed by it. It Once you have separated the music Rhapsody in Blue. Here was the most similar recitals throughout the state
never occurred to anyone that our form from the treatment, the full Sig- promising of the younger composers. under the direction of the University,
popular iusic, our syncopated dance niflcance of our current popular way carious about all music, full of the Extension Service, but this is his on-
tunes, and our jazz orchestras, of making music becomes clear. 1Un- spirit of American music, ant ready ly local appearance on this sort of
musical hinterest.til a few months ago most of the muIs- for anything. And his Rhapsody a progrom. Professor Wier is ably
On this account I sypathize with1ic. played by jazz prehestras was proved the whole point about the de- fitted to speak on the instruments of
Mr. .Atanciunh1 ef t eli music written to be danced. Sometim- velopment of American music. Fbr the violin family, having a consider-
ate the word although es a purely melodious song was adapt- it was treated even by the critics able collection of 'cellos of his own,
eral I think it would be better d for dancing; sometimes an op- hostile to jazz as real nusic; at the and having written several articles
elImthinkt ould b eter foust eratic air. But in the main the ob- 1 same time it has its roots in the Am- bearing on the subject.
to eliminate our prejudices against ect was to provide one-steps and fox- erican soil. Its themes are American Several dramatic evenings will be
the name. The confusions around the jtrots. This accounts for the "mono- themes; its rhythms have the unmis- given, which will doubtless call forth
ple propositions may bthe utdtosier tony" which non-dancers object to and takable beat and retard and synco- assistance from the musical talent of
the atmosphere it also accounts for the harmonic pation of American popular song and the campus. Prominent among these
weakness of our popular music-be- dance music. But it is written to be .fprograms will be three performances
1. There is no such thing as jazz 'cause when you dance you must learn heard, not to be danced. At one bound I by the Shakespeare Playhouse com-
music. one thing-a spirited and specific it takes jazz into a new field and to a pany of New York city. The plays
2. Jazz is a method of playing mus- I beat; and when you dance you are in- new triumph. they will give have not yet been an-
ic. , different to harmony. On the other All this is very far removed from nounced but the performances will be
3. The original jazz is now known hand,.the development of the orchest- the catcalls and tin pan noises of put on in the openrfr campus theatre
as "sour music." It has points ra has been so rich that-it was possi- early jazz. It makes one wonder what One of the features in the Summer
in its favor, but it has little to ble for the music critic of the New the next step will be. -One thing is session of the School of Music for
do with the American music of Yotk World, Deems Taylor, himself 'fairly certain; that the word "pop- many years has been the concerts
the present day. ' notable American composer, to say ular" must not become' a dead letter- ,igven by the Summer Choral Union.
4. The present American popular that Whiteman probably knows more the energy and gaiety of the old jazz, 'During the six weelks of the session,
music is a growing developing about a small orchestra than Richard the dash and swing must not be sac- all students in attendance at either
changing thing. Strauss. rificed; for these, and not 'ugliness the University of the School are eli.-
5. Until recently the method of As soon as the instrument was per- and imprudence and irreverance, are gible to membership in the Choral
jazz has been applied almost ex- fected, it began to demand new mat- the basic things., At the same time inion. Resident >members of the Chor-
clusively to one kind of music-- erial; it has won the praise of the ex- the horizon perceptibly widens, and al Union during the academic year
music for the dance. perts and it simply had be given new it. is gratifying to note that America are also invited' to become member"
6. The instruments of the jazz band fields to conquer. Hence the appear- is, at last, recognizing something Rehearsals of this organization will
are wholly legitimate and the ance of the Whiteman band in the con- of its own. We have at last come to be held Tuesdayand Thursday even-
uses to which they are put cert hall and hence-even more im- agree with Europe that we have some- ings at 7 o'clock at the School.
create genuine music. portant-the beginning of music thing precious in our hands. hcorge Oscar Bowen, director of the

Varsity Glee club and of the Child-
en's Festival chorus and teacher of
music in the high school, directs the
Summer Choral Union. A public con-
:ert in Hill auditorium, presenting
everal of the shorter choral works,
will be given at the close of the Sum-
mer session.
tong U. S. Team
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Wlho seem unbeatable in Myrrha
world's' record holder), Peltonen,

Saaristo and Johannsson. All of these 10,000 meter walk because.
men have beaten 210 feet and there cision of Plant and Pearma
are some Finnish youngstcrs who are best walkers, not to comr

liable to displace them. The best of
the American javelin throwers arc
Priester, Angier, Storrs, Shildauer,
Neufeldt, Sorrenti, Welchel, Oberst,
Frieda and Schioll. All of these men
have beaten 195 feet, Priester holding
the American record of 205 feet 7-16
inches. Manner has been ruled ineli-
gible and llocmian will be unable to'
compete because of injuries. Mum-
berg, of Esthonia, Lovland, of Norway
and Lindstrom, of Sweden are on a
par with our best men.
America will be weakened in the

Plant and Pearman out, our h
will be Foster. Fekete, Hinkle
berg, Weiss and Eschenbach.
is the only one of the six who
to cause the foreigners any
The best of the foreigners wil
Master, of South Africa who
broke the world's record,
of Italy;' Granville, of Can
Rasmussen and Peterson, of I
It's true efficiency to us

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