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Music and Drama

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To the editor:
I wonder to how many students
has this curious question occurred:j
"If there were a president of the,
world, as Hoover is of the United1
States, whom would I nominate for
the office?" A few days ago I
could have given my own answer
to that question, but death has just!
removed the world's noblest citizen
Fridtjof Nansen is best known asl
a daring Arctic explorer. Tho he
did not reach the poles, in his youth
he established a mark of "farthest I
north" which opened a new era of
explorations. He recorded his ex-
periences in a manner which ranks
him high as a literary artist. As a
patriot he worked for Norwegian
independence and for democratic
government in that little kingdom.1
He was among the most- useful
agents of the League of Nations.
Tho he had no sympathy with the
present tyranny in Russia, he be-
came the prime mover in sending
relief into Soviet Russia. He helped
repatriate thousands of refugees
and prisoners of war. He broke his
strength and his heart in en-
deavors to save the unhappy Ar-
menian nation. He was always
practical in his methods, idealistic
in his aims, and chivalrous in his
spirit. Several men have been
greater in particular fields, but I
know no man of our times who
touched greatness at so many
points and fell below it at so few.1
I have said he was worthy to be
a world president. I will go farther
and say that if eugenists, sociolo-
gists, and all the reformers want
before their eyes a definite picture
of that higher and better human
race to which they are aspiring theyI
could find no better model than
Associate Professor of History.
To the Editor:
It was - tremendously amusing
when looking through this year's
Michiganensian to come across
that section devoted to the Student
Council and discover the following
inspiring paragraph.
"The oblects of the Student
Council of the University of Michi-

Fifth Festival Concert
The concert of yesterday afternoon maintained the standard of
the first four concerts of this May Festival, which I think is rather
good praise.
Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Mozart is an excellent progiam in
any concert hall, and when such a program is as well performed as I
was the one in Hill Auditorium yesterday one may go home to one's
chops and salad thinking that there may be more pleasant things
in this life than music, but not feeling too depressed that one hasn't
as yet discovered them.
The Beethoven Egmont Overture was well played. Indeed, it was
the orchestra's best playing of the afternoon. There are moments
during the Festival when one feels that the orchestra's performance
is entirely efficient (because the orchestra is the Chicago one and
because Frederick Stock is directing it), but that this efficiency is a bit
business-like; because, after all, playing in an orchestra is a business
and a Festival is exhausting whether it is a good one or a bad one, and
especially so if it be an excellent one.
But one sensed from the first that this was the symphony's concert
of the six, and though the efficiency was there, it no longer seemed
business-like. The Rachmaninoff E Minor Symphony was spotty, ifi
I may be permitted the term. The orchestra at times, particularly in
the second movement, seemed less sure of itself, but Mr. Stock sensi-
tively and quickly corrected all errors and once again the music went
serenely on. The' word "sensitively" is chosen carefully. I think
this is as high a compliment as one may pay an artist; an insensitive
artist is, of course, a contradiction in terms, but there are examples
not infrequent of much less sensitive artists. Mr. Stock is well-nigh
perfect in his possession of this merit. His accompaniments during the
Festival, as during previous ones, are models of excellency.
Yesterday his reading of the symphony was admirable. If, in the
slow movement, he approached sentimentality, one may consider the
approach justifiable, and wonder what the movement would be like
if played differently:
Rachmaninoff takes a long time to say anything. His symphony'
is a series of long hills, with long ascents, long summits, and long
declines. It is always pleasant to listen to, for Rachmaninoff invaria-
bly writes pleasant music, and there are many places when one is
impressed by the excellence of the writing and the sheer beauty of its
Forming excellent contrast to the symphony was the Mozart Con-
certo in E flat major for two pianos. The occasion of this performance
is especially timely, it being just one hundred and fifty years ago that
Mozart composed it.
The music is flawless in writing as is all of Mozart's work. There is
never a trite or commonplace phrase, and if it be well performed, one
can only sit back, intoxicated by the aural pleasure it affords.
Mr. Maier and Mr. Pattison played the concerto exquisitely. Such
utter good taste, refinement, and restraint is not often met with in the
performance of Mozart, certainly seldom in two-piano Mozart. Or if
one is satisfied with good taste, refinement, and restraint, one is aware
of a reserve on the part of the performers which reduces all value of
l these qualities and leaves Mozart cold and unspontaneous. But when
one hears the E flat Concerto played with this good taste, refinement
and restraint, when there is no lack of spontaneity, and when the joy
of the work is fully realized by the players and transferred to every
member of the audience, one may be sure those players are Maier
and Pattison.
A two-piano team is like a string quartet. After a few years it may
achieve a unity of expression and finish of performance; there may
even be a spontaneity, though not often; but until years of playing to-
gether has blended the personalities of the individuals to such an ex-
tent that excellence is not a matter of mechanical precision or a com-
promising fusion of two personalities or two styles, of playing so that
"two pianos sound like one," until excellence. means the complete ex-



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A significant fact was noted day
before yesterday when the senate
put its final approval on the mea--
sure transferring the enforcement
of the Eighteenth Amendment to
the department of justice. Pre-
viously passed by the house of rep-
resentatives, it is the first large
administration measure which has
passed the entire Congress. I
The Congress has been in ses-
sion for over a year now. The "bad
boys" of the senate .seem to .have
opposed every move the president
has made, crossed him at every op-
portunity. As secretary of com-
merce, most of the measures he'
sponsored were passed by both
houses without much discussion.!
As president, however, the upper
house refuses to co-operate with
The Senators, who like to thinks
theirs is the last word in all vital
questions, were decidedly peeved )
because they had nothing to do
with nominating Hoover at the
Kansas City convention. Senator-
reject Vare was one of the few
that boosted him; Johnson, from
his own state has never been able
to get along with him; Watson, the I
Republican floor leader, was sup- j
porting some other candidate, and
Curtis expected the nomination
Then, the senators want to dis-
play their power over the presi-
dential office. By the resistance to
the Hughes nomination, and by the
rejection of Parker, they have tried
to force Hoover to name a condi-
date who was, in their terminology,
_n. °'ia n 11 5.Ky ti P the 1.OfOV.

gan are to provide for an effective pression of two individual temperaments, neither being limited, the
means of communication between expression of neither being dwarfed in consideration of each other,
the undergraduate body and the ! until each feels in himself and in his playing complete and satisfactory
University authorities; to maintain emotional expression, and until that expression of two emontional na-
the traditions and standards of the tures thus satisfyingly expressed, manifests itself in a performance
University; to exercise general su- which is a single expression, the group has not realized its ultimate per-
pervision over student activities, fection. This achievement makes suchr an organization as the Flon-
organizations and conduct; and to zaley Quartet the greatest string quartet, as it does Maier and Pattison
make effective the sanest of stu- the greatest two piano duo.
dent opinions." The Flonzaley Quartet will no longer play together, and Maier and
This is highly enlightening as Pattison after next year will play no more together in this country.
well as entertaining for it at least! Why ? Because the peak is reached and there is no. longer anything to
clears up a great deal that is prob- achieve.
ably unsettled in the minds of That the audience entered fully into the. joy of the occasion was
some students. At least it shows made obvious by the enthusiastic reception accorded these artists.
that the Council has some objects Four encores resulted; Bach-Bauer's Fantasia and Fugue; Chopin's only
besides providing "phoney" honors composition for two pianos, a Rondo; a calithumpian diatribe on Tur-
to embryonic B.M.O.C.'s. key in the Straw; and Mr. Pattison's. own transcription of the Corona-
I have great respect for people! ion Scene from Boris Godounow.
of real athletic ability; I admire In an interview granted the reviewer by the perpetrator of Tur-
those in telligent enough to gain ; key in the Straw, it was learned that he thinks his piece is a swell
scholastic honors; I appreciate piece-I mean an elegant piece.
those who have the ability to make -
our publications what they are to- Sixth Festival Concert
day; but for a bunch of wind-jam- A REVIEW BY LEE BLASER
ming, back- slapping politicians I Both in scope and performance was selection of Verdi's Manzoni
have nothing but a great deal of Requiem for the setting piece of the May Festival justified. For the
disgust and distrust! 1requiem written in memory of Manzoni's death is a time-honored
The ,forthcoming elections and choral classic. Verdi has so recaptured the medieval ecclesiastical mood
the confusion resulting from the that it is difficult to realize that he was the second Verdi and wrote
rather questionable parliamentary his Requiem in the last half of the nineteenth century.
proceedure of the eminent presi- To Earl V. Moore must go the major praise for the evening, with
dent of that august body, the Stu- rather better response from the orchestra and an improvement in
dent Council, in virtually making the values of his chorus he welded the work to a homogeneous whole.
the nominations for next year's There is always an inadequacy in the bass and alto ranges which
Councilmen himself, are perhaps impairs resonance and loses much of the true choral sense. It is in
an example of the "maintenance of cognizance of all this that one realizes how much we are indebted to
traditions and standards of the, Dr. Moore for his splendid choral interpretations.
University." Is political corruption Verdi has attempted a sincere recapitulation of the same spirit
a standard Or perhaps this is an which crystalized in Gothic Chartres. And in the main he has succeeded.
example of "general supervision He has not spared the color which romantic orchestration gave him,
over student activities." It seems nor has he adhered too closely to tradition. He suggests, not imitates,
not general but personal. Or again ecclestiastica in the grand manner.
it may be "making effective the; Dr. Moore, where he could easily have turned it into the channels
sanest of student opinions." of stressed, uncontrasted emotion showed an admirable restraint
In view of the facts, the above in sustaining the tenuous thread of suspense dramatically until an
statement concerning the purposes outburst was aesthetically warranted. A sense of freedom prevailed,
of the Student Council as it exists free balance in both orchestra and chorus with that ease of control
tod nwhich presages hours of effort. It was the spirit, not the letter, which
vincing Shall we laugh or get was adhered to.
m g. -e g r get The opening Kyrie was heavy in force and response from the
mad _J. W. F.



1 ino the scondo-rlhart until thehon choir carried p~-lit iito asteam of i

TWO BRIGHT POINTS. 1111,1 ullva itl iuiul iu uluul 1Laolal l1
glory. Verdi, one feels, knew the value of the clear brasses in juxta-
(From Baltimore Sun) position to the human voice. Chase Baromeo's bass set the mood more I
With all its horror, there are two definitely than any other factor. And the brilliance of silhouetting his
points about the Texas lynching artistry against the pizzicato lower strings is a scintillating spot in
which should not escape attention, the memory. Miss Meisle's full expressively clear contralto likewise
In the first place, the guards re- coincided in timbre with the horns; she was even more fortunate with
sisted at considerable personal with the celli and bassi. Her Recordare duet was a splendid proof of
danger and three mobsmen were her register and expressive interpretation. With Baromeo's sonority

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