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________________________ THE MJCHIGAN- DAILY_____________

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Secde$ Discusses Whitemtan's Music
(8ffl~et'S es ' a ried and specklqb at; and when
EZditoeNote; The following ar'you dance you are indifferent to harh;.
tidbel° by Mr.' Seldes, the author of ny. On theisother h'Yand, the 4v'e4op-
41?he *Seven i4.ely Arts" and 're- rint- met' of the octhe'sta' has Veen Sot
td with the permission orf the publ- rich that It was posibi' for the ruso.
fishers, is, of special interest because .Taylor~ hiief' a 'iotale Atnur1ani
16X the appearuce of Paul Whirtian :'ciitic of the New idriS World, eeiis
and his. orchetra T uesday , evening; composei, to say thiat WiteiV h prb-
&icjober , in HiI.Al iorimunder,"ably, ,knows'hnmore abfout' a siaif or-
tre auspices of the American Associ- chestra thani Richard Strauss.
ation pf University Women.p As so as the instrument was per-
Ifected, it began to demand nw ma
As far as is known, the first jazz terial; it has won the praise of the
..7concert 11n the world was played by experts and it simply had to he given
°iPaul Whiteman at Aeolian Hall, New; new, fields to 'conquer. Hence the a-
YokO ',on February 12, 1924. 1 peaance of the Whiteman band in
' Although musicians in Euhrope had the concert hall and hence-even
foryersbee paiingAmrianmore important- the beginning o
popular music, although Darius !Mi-j music written for the small orchestra,
T" larid$ had been studying jazz orchestra- music embodying the characteristic
Itin and Stravinsky had written a American rhythms. Relieved of the
*i-;.tgaine, Americans kenw the material necessity of considering the dancers
too ywell to be im'pressed biy It. It nev- demand for 2-4 or 4-4 time, and given
t er ocsur d to anyone that our populax j every opportunity to exploit a woner-
i 4us our syncopated dance tunes~ ful orchestral 'cilbination to its "lm-
an' ~jz~ rlet~,Ms:~nscI1st, Ameican compoers ave beforet
Iante est . ~cutI - wtthh'nthe rtest quince ,o Creating
i " ~American music "not'In imitation oto
r4thsymatiz IJuropean, but in their own idioms.
Mr..M Whitemnan hi tis :effort to elimi-,
nfate the word "jazz" although in gen-'a The opportunity came with the man.
ieral I,think it would be better for usl If .he had done nothing ;else, there
to eliminmate our prejudices against the ;'ould still be gratitude enough for Mr.
"name. The confusions aroun the hitemlan on account of his conpel-
.word jazz are so many that-.a few insg erge.Gershiwin to write his,
slimple propogitiopis, nay, be used. to Rhaposody in Blu. -Iere was the
(clear the atmosphere. most -promsing of the younger corn-
1 There is no such thing as jazz posers, curious about 411l music, full
muic s eto of the spirit of American music, and
MUSIC.ready for anything. And his Rhapsody
2.,o plaigproved the wholepoint about the de
A music. t 3Te" rgnljazi nwkonvelopment ; of! Anier can ,music. ,For
3. he rignaljaz isnowknon it was treated even by ,the critics hos-
assuius,"I hspitsi ft ile to ;jazz as real music; at the same
R flavor,'but it has little to do with the time it has its roots in the American
I American music of the present day, soil, Its themes are American themes;
t. 4. Thes present. American popular its rhythms have'the unmistable beat
I'music is a growing developing andanrerdndscotinfAm -
Ichanging thing, can popular sng' and dance music.
s . Until ;recently the method of jazz But it is witen to be heard, not to be
has ben applied almost exclusively to danced. A .one bound it takes jazz
tone kind 'of music- music for theinoanwel ndoanefruzp'
Idance.'it anwIel-adt e rup,
6. Te istruent of he azz and All this 'is' very far removed from,
areThol egItmenfthe jazz bandthe catcall sand, ilpn noiss o early y
arwhollthyaepti e andth euietojazz. It nalres oe ewonder wat t
whmuic, hyaeptcet eun next step :vi';ll i. One thing is fairly
7The jazz band is in reality a certain: h. th or <'ppir
sllorchestra. must not 'bodote .a dea ' etter- 4te
smenryallf' Ite l ji, h
Of these propositions the first is erg n leytthddjaz, h
;tfundamental. It means that whetherds a~ wn'm o e arfo
you call it vulgar or refinecd, you are.e;frth..'i4ntMins i~
!g compelled by the facts to recognize,- imprudence a are cresar~fh
the, work of a conductor lire White- Yas things ~.'~sa t~,ime the
:tman as music. If you take the themes q rk4Pc(lp ad t'
from Verdi's Il Trovatore and make a'" a fying 1o,06 -lhar ricr , at -
'piano arrangement, or put Isol TG'' 1g i t, rxogn3lihg' oi'thing' of tsj
ino hefltewhnooun£ e h4 at eat ~coneto' agree
".melody ino hefltewhniour la
the Liebestod from Tristan at a ,syrn' ,rp: ht ehv oehn
Aphony concert, you are doing esselatii' a of n u ac~
ally the same thing as Whlitenmami -c' p
idoes when he takes Lime hotise rl3iut, 'bETROIT ~UAh{
and has it rearranged for b~1~.in ' 7'-
lar group of instruments. 1t has be k ~Cntinued from age ?aaeve)
the general superstition that 'i .you {ntua# ntrest '~ attabhed t the
needed to do In order to " frz,4 piece ..
iof music was to debase ila, Tue tru k'i Ppearnw of Mi iaski, the f am-
is that eighty-five percent if the music oius W Agnrian ecntato, at the Keith
used by Whiteman is first mnade music -Tmp.Toatct sharito
! aly ntresingbythe treatment he vaudvl t is nearly as startling as a
alliteet n ysilar tour 'several years ago y
givneyu it.eprte temule Sarah Bernhardt.- .It would seem th6c
Onc yo hae spaate th muicclimax of tie determined effort to
t rmth retettejuls nfi ae the tw-a-day ultra, super high-
scatnce of our current popular way of F
Making music becomes clear.- ntil a brow. ,
few months ago. most of the music -.........
played by jazz orchestras was music !Ciro rptean
witnto be danced. Sometimes a The management of the Orpeum
tpurely melodious song was adapted has had so many requests to bring
sfor dancing sometimes an oporrtic Charles Dicken's "A Tale of Tow
tair. But in the main the ohject was to Cities" back to Ann Arbor that it has
provide one-steps and fox trts. A his;4 succeeded in securing this famous
accounts for the "Monotony ' whiflm 'production for a three day engage-
non-dancers objected to and it also ment starting today. William Far-
accounts' for the harmonic weakness num pays the leading part in the dual
of our popular music-because whenI role of Charles 'Darnay and Sidney
tyou dance you must learn one thing- Carton.
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SCHOOL OF MUSIC PRESENTS -

E foremost European orchestras asg
conductor. Although Mr. Gal.
Iwitsch is first of all a pianist, y1
must h~e: given credit for havingr
e(1 the Detroit orchestra to its prej
status.
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1ATTENTION!,

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Choral Union Artists
In the center, the Kibalchich Russian Symphony Choir; upper right,
Sophie I3raslau;, lower right, Alfred Cortot? upper left. Maria Jerltza;
lower left, Jascha Ileifitz.

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AogBy Sidney, Faltes 1Sophie lPraslau, who almost came troit Symphony Orchestra carries by 'ed to be versed and fairly intelligent
Aog the various special attrac--! o Ann Arbor last year, is also sched- far the important place. Out of 'the '.in the arts. There are any number of
Lions that bring both joy and enlight- uledl to appear on this same course five offerings- in this. series,. it appearsi students in the University at the pre- '
enment to many thousands enrolled; early in February; 'to be exact, the 3
at he nivrsiy ech eararein-11t. Tereareonl tw orthre',three times. To those ;who know the ' sent time who even though they -have
cluded the two series of concerts giv -really great contraltos in this country)Dtooresa nc'f hwih:, ad mpepotuty lvnvrI
en under the auspices of the Universi- at present, and it is not claiming too risen in five short'"yegrs to one, of the 'heard a symphony orchestra perform,1
ty School of Music. Not alone are! much to say tb4at she' heads the 'list,' leading symphony orc'hestras in the T lo hear one for the first time is a re-,I,
they outstanding in their significance; A voice such as she possesses is heard country, its appearances 'will be most velation.4
to the student body and faculty, but only once in a generation, and the welcome. Symphony concerts and The leader of the Detroit orchestra,
they serve also to give the Universi- University may well pride itself in the, symphonic music, the. very best that Ossip Galbrilowitsch, has just this
ty and Ann Arbor a definite place in fact that she is to appear here. the art has, are entirely too little summer been honored in Europe by
the usi wold.The hav beome Theonl vilinit t apearon hisknown even by those who are suppos- being asked to conduct several of the
one of our traditions and one of our; course,, Jascl4a 'Teifetz, of course
very best.. needs nu introduction to any lover of ________________________________________
Every year at about this saine time music. A master of the instr ument,
stories are carried about of the sup- it will only be a msatter of a few years
eriority of the concerts that are to until' he attains that finer maturity
take place the" corning; season.. Everyi which he still lacks in a degree. 'Then'
year according to these 'reports 'is a r can he be considered for first honors
bigger year by far than the preceding in his chosen field. As he is, hie is un-
one and so forth and so it goes. Geni.; usual in his artistry.y
ei1Aily these boasts are -to be taken,} Aldred Cortot, Guy Maier, at present.
must setiously and this yeark is by no acting head of the piuno department
me'an~s an exceptionm. of the Univerity Sch~ool of Music, ants s-
lJksaiia Jerit-a, who comes to sing for .2e PattL'on complete the couirse
frtsolois~t on' the Choral Union Ser- all three established reputations wor- o r tn
'ies, has long since rfound. her place thy of praise. The two piano recitals.. .
afong 'the leading sopranos. of the' of Mlaier and Pattison are events look- n
'World)' Tiers is a 'distinctive art, both, ed forward to in every important ; and
in i-nterpreta;ion and in presentation, :mus ic center in thle country. (Jortot li
and 4 'concer't by her is an unus a5 n artist° of strength and should off- I{
even t eveni this day of many "lead- er a programn of interest.. ' 'AllThe' '
iil s osno," - n the Extra Concert Series, the hec- IIr an

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