Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, September 27, 1908, EDITORIAL SECTION, Page 12, Image 20

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Women's Smart Fall Tailored Suits, Costumes
Millinery, Party Gowns, Evening Gowns, Furs, Separate Skirts
store' QiM QEiS
Costume Waists Children's Coats and Dresses, etc. . -
An assemblage tf the correct French and American it 'It in ready-to-wear apparel for
women that is distinctive in its character. To the women who have learned to come to
Brandeis to see the styles that are fashionably exact this display will be greatly appreciated.
A number of exquisite Women's Fall Suits have been imported this season expressly for Brandeis,
together with which we show meritorious American adaptations that are delightfully practical.
3-piece suits in satin and broadcloth 2-piece broadcloth denn-costumcs, with trained and em
pire skirts the directoire and sheath effects are prominent $OK $-4Q UP $1 A P
straight lined effects. Prices OOf Xa7 to iltF
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The practical new directoire styles are charming. In beauty, in
artful design and in elegance of materials these suits D!(JCf
could not be found elsewhere for less than $35.00 to
- $50.00. ' Fashionseals "are f
Satins, messalines, chiffon voiles and taffe
tas rich embroidered, lace and net trim
mings the beautiful features of the direc
toire period. The long, snug Mousquetaire
sleeves, empire backs, CJQC up fi?QQ'
hipless effects, etc.... i4JCJeJ to Mi0
These sunnning new Cavalier capes are
among the most graceful innovations
also' the season's accepted range of style
for evening popular black and colored
- satins, and broad
cloths; prices are.
Our new modified sheath skirts
are a welcome variation from
past season's modes. The long,
graceful lines enhance the slen
derness of the figure. Very '
smart satins, voiles, panamaa and
suitings are featured.
$0.08 up to $25.00
We emphasize the excluslveness
in our styles In separate waists
styles that cannot be duplicated
elsewhere. .Very smart, pleated
and tailored nets, tailored linens,
elaborate silks and saUns in 1908
65. $7.50. $0.98 to $35
We have put forward every effort
to make our showing of silk Petti
coats complete in eery way. From
the least expensive to tie more elab
Kte. klrt the beet taffeta obtain
able la used. Ton petticoat should
match or blend with your new fall
costume. A special at SS.00
Other (roups at
$70, 90.0S, $12.50 op to $25
in uur vumpicic jutuiuv uwuu v-nmurciis voais ana Uresses
This is today the most complete juvenile department in Omaha. Little suits, dresses and
coats from the best makers of children's apparel. Styles that are charming in every way.
Children's new fall dresses and suits at. . . . S22.50 "down to S1.98
Children's clever little cloaks at .' $35.00 down to $2.'o8
WV Ar 'Pleased to Announce New Arrivals in RmI P.n-v. T
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The genuine French hand made lingerie our own importation. This extensive showing is
complete second floor.
This Is ono of our awn hats, imported for Rrandcla. It indi
cates the graceful styles now In favor in high class millinery and
indicates the general lines of moderate prlcod hats also.
Every Fall Hat From Brandeis is Fashionably Cor
rect and Up'toDate, However Moderate the Price
p2i' Stunning Fall Hats at $10
The new, large and medium size hats satin and felt hats in all
the new fall shades,- trimmed with graceful sashes, CJ ,
buckles, plumes, tips, etc. stunning Directoire w
hats, etc. a delightful variety.
Brandeis Charming Fall Hats at $5.00
White felt and satin hats trimmed with rainy day Ostrich, Mara
bout, quills and ribbon also large hats In new fall
shades and black graceful new hats,
Worcester. Gathering; that Ha En
' " dured for Century und g Half.
Ms. Kellr Writ a of tha Ontl Baalish
- ';: Iktb. ui !( ,MUt
Oeemr 1st Os&aJtsk Under tha
7-s--T'' Rlt Cs.4tttesus.
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' WORCESTER, England, ' Pept. '. il Ths
; ij el .of ths musloal world r upon this
. iysi . eld oily Just now becaus It Is
the wk of th "Threa Choirs
FestivsJ." (Worcester, , Hereford and
Olouoester) and the one hundred
- tnd eighty-fifth annual, meeting. It la
'w eOTth while to stop and think, of that the
.,,M hundred and eighty-fifth annual meet
Ihg.'Whioh Is the equivalent of saying that
JiaJC oentury previous to the Declaration todependenoe, the "Three Choirs s
'Crvarr and these annual meetings were in
txlstenoe. An Interesting Item Is found in
. the statement that since 17S7 (with the ex-
septlon of one year when the "clericals"
.forbade the oratorio and substituted "pray
' rs and churon music") the "Messiah" has
- beea given at these annual festivals,. Is It
"njf 'jwonder then that one approaches a
wusieat leetlval of : this nature, -with feel
Mnre .of deep reverence, respect, and humil
ity ot spirit.
n n Suppose your grandfather Is alive, eighty
'years old. that would make his birthday
' td; now suppose his father was thirty
tears;, eld when your grandfather was
eornt that brings us back to 1798; so that
'' When 'your grandfather's father was an
" Infant In swaddling olothes, unable to say
ike 'first prattling words 'of childhood,
Xytti) "these festivals were forty-four years
ptL,,vCan you Imagine that?. Jvt try to
.realise forty-tour years before your grand-
ratefe father was born, the "Festival of,
tba Xbr Cltotra was started on Its tampes
- tomm oareer. And then realise. If you can,
v that for one hundred and fifty years the
' tleaatah" oratorio has been sung at these
ftttrrala.' What have not those glorious
; apostles of muslo done fqr us of the present
I day?. How mueh we owe to thriu and
their suceessors for the1 faithful and earnest
,fWork 'which they;, acooiniilinhed In , order
to make possible much of the mimical at-
- mosphere which Kngland enjoy today, and
' which made possible aUo the exlstHnce of
' Musical critics of today who sner glibly
- and smartly at the "old-faihlnned methods"
and . traditional habits of an ancient and
honorable association whH-h certain - ron-
' solsnoeless scribes gq so fr as to say "h'as
'almost outlived .Us iieufttlness."
.' Atasoe-ihere of CHr.
have been In the niiJst of a most de
lightful coterie of Journalists, critics and
festival promoters and I have enjoyed
hours of the meato pletitti end profitable
discussion of the history, development and
. present status of this hoary and reverend
Bid restitution, the "Three Choirs F-stlval."
f have been given a most Intimate "family"
account of. the-said institution that Is to
ay, I have been hmumd with uncreil, con
fidential annals of the trufKles and ex-
Istrpce and enliugeni -nl uf the grand
' avheme; men who liatf-- bone, The burden
pid .heat of the dy have nut ted my en
thtlsHtsm and have unfolded lo me lienrt
eTets.' and were I lo putl'sh in' an, .Eng
Uab, paper all that I have heard about lue
"Three Choir Festivals" It would be In
teresting reading. One centleuian a, man
.at ineaiis, very wide culture, brad Husl
eal knowledge and a master of arts (rtam-
. Bridge), said 'to me last night; "Three
Vears ago I closed, my twenly-fitUt year
It aotlve. singing memberalilp In the fesv-
" Kai abd ituw I auiurt U lo other, ways.
My voice has done Its duty, but I am still
working for the project, heart and soul."
This is merely one example of the devo
tion of men who are not professional mu
sicians in any sense whatever, who are en
tirely outside the active world of music,
men who are known widely In lives pro
fessional and commercial, but not musical,
and yet they love these festivals and give
to them more time than any Omaha man
gives to golf. I speak advisedly, for I know
several Omaha men who give much time
to chasing the elusive ball. I have In mind
another gentleman who placed himself most
kindly at my disposal, simply because ha
found that I was intensely Interested In
the cause. He has given years to the work
of these festivals; he Is the proud possessor
of dedicated works by Sir Edward Elgar
(of whom I shall say more later on), and
he was the mayor of ths city on the oc
casion of the last Worcester festival. From
him I learned many things about the life
and work of Sir Edward El gar, and he
told me that when he and his friend, Klgar,
were mere children. Sir Edward used to
play for him. on the organ, excerpts from
the Wagner scores, commenting at the
same time that "some day the world will
recognise Rlchsrd Wagner as the greatest
musician." This is interesting, because Dr.
Elgar shows In his own works the great
influence which 'Richard Wagner wielded
over him. He Is a true working disciple
of the master of Bayreuth.
"plrtt of the O-ecaalea.
' Worcester Is a tasteful hostess, and to
Worcester today is given over to the fes
tival; the streets are full of people; the
city is decorated throughout with flsgs
and banners. Royal Standards, Union Jacks,
fluttering and waving In gorgeous welcome.
Street vendors are selling copies of the
great works to be performed. Street cars
or "trams" are covered with algns an
nouncing changes of schedule, ' "'owing to
the festival;" bill boards are covered with
announcements of all the events of each
day, headed with tse royal arms and In
signia of especial patronage by "their
most gracious majesties, the king and
queen." Hotels are crowded with peoplo
from every part of the civilised globe;
every paper of any consequence in England
has Its special representative here; the
London dallies have here their own regular
musical critics; even the greateat find time
to come to Worcester for this wonderful
event. (I have had the opportunity of
meeting some of them and they have been
very kind to the representative of The
Omaha Bee, so far away.) The greatest
modern writers of England have taken up
their abode here for the time, and I have
seen Sir Charles Stanford, Sir Hubert
Harry, Sir Edward Ulgar an) other famous
musical stars in the English firmament
Illuminate the meaning of their own scores
through the light of the baton gleaming
In their own hands. Men In perfectly
tailored clothes of the Istest fashion and
' women gowned In the artistic expression of
I the last word In dressmaker's vocabulary
) are seen grasping to their hearts tho score
of the work Just to be produced. Auto
mobiles, whose door panels show a coronet
or a crest, are driven pail you. Inslda of
which you can see elegantly attired per-
: soiuigws who hold the musical score of the
I "i:ilU," "The Kingdom" or the "Violin
Concerto" of Beethoven. The festival U
on, and in earnest. Its spirit Is everywhere.
- TIm-ii we uvme to the grand old cathedtal.
I fur here Is the scene of the crest tnuHlcal
I event lo wiitvh all these people, and dii
the years in unbroken connection are, and
have been trending.
Part Played by Calaedral.
M t by the most polished and courteous
of stewards at the door we show, our
tickets and enter. We find, on looking- at
our list of stewsrds, the names of many
arts toe ratio and titled people, who find
pleasure la giving tbelr best atttnttoB to
the success of this festival. It may be that
the earl of Plymouth, will show you where
your section is; perhaps the mayorj with
his chain of office, will direct you as to
your seats, but 1 whoever does pilot you
to your moorings, it will be done by gentle
men who make you feel that you are wel
come. The magnificent sonorious peal of
bells from the old cathedral tower Is still
ringing In your ears, when you begin to
hear another sound of muatc, and it is
from the organ played by Dr. Sinclair of
Hereford cathedral, or Dr. Brewer ol
Gloucester cathedral', n(I prently you
note that the congregation Is rising, and
as you do likewise, you observe a dignified
procession of clergy In yestments, going up
the cental aisle to the chanoel; the choir
and orchestra are on a raised platform In
the west end; a voice begins to Intone the
prayers and responses specially selected
by the Lord Bishop for the occasion; the
huge choir responds; the ecclesiastical part
soon Is over and the festival program pro
ceeds. This Is the method at each session.
Thoaght for Omaha.
During the days of this great "Festival
of the Three Choirs" In this interesting
old city, my thoughts have often recurred
to Omaha and 'Its possibilities ss a festival
musical center. Time was, when Omaha
tried to do something worthy along that
line and promised to get Into the class of
cities which should attract serious atten
tion, keeping step, as It were. In the march
of progress, with such places as Cincin
nati, Worcester, (Massachusetts), Oberlln,
Milwaukee, Rockford, Lincoln, or Mount
Pleasant. Of late years the fact that
Omaha has been making a standard all Its
own. Instead of working on the lines of
progress, has made some of the Judicious
grieve, and policy has silenced the voice of
disapproval which should have been heard,
while wholly unprepared and musically
weak, presentations have been accepted as
a musical festival by press and publio alike.
Some of us In Omaha have felt this ry
keenly and have spoken of it to others.
We are usually met by the flatteringly
unctous remark that Omaha must be given
time in which to develop a statement
hopelessly absurd, because Omaha has
been not only standing still musically, but
going backward.
Omaha's progress In public musical man
ners and matters has been like to that of
the horses which run In a stage production
of a chariot race; some work and some
strain, but no movement forward. These
meditations have corns to me as I have sat
under the spell of wonderful music In this
ststely and beautlfil cathedral; they are
not the emanations of a cross-grained
spirit which Is peevish, but the plain.
simple, ' straightforward expression of a
pitiable and unwelcome fact, whose truth
has come home to me under the gentle In
fluence of the most harmonious atmosphere
and amid surroundings which make one
feel that it Is wicked to temporise or to
keep silent about wrong conditions of musi
cal health, when one stops to contemplate
the tremendous Influence and possibilities
of a sincere and earnest musical endeavor
Musicians and music lovers must wakea to
l the truth that their own Interests are. In
' the end, only served by their unflinching
loyally to the best and onlv the Dcst In
the art, and by their frown and disapproval
of fa!re standards. Whe.llwr Omaha it
broad-inlmleJ tnougli to accept this and
oci a'co'-riinalv rems ns to l "en.
treat Maslial Feasibilities.
Omaha lui as great musical possibilities
I s it hss prospects commercial; but Omaha
t, bgln to be more selective a.iJ less
eager to take everything that presents It
self. Omaha has no great cathedral surh
as Worcester has. and that need not mat
ter, for one noted critic says of thesu
"three choir festivals:" "The tragrams and
the character of some of the performances
J have deepened the feeling that If these fes
tivals wish to play any real part in the
musical life ot the country they must break
H .4.4. 4. ejeefef fy.... ft
away as soon as possible from the cathe
drals and the cathedral Influence." He sug
gests the erection of a temporary wooden
building for a festival or two. Now Omaha
oould have the,'. temporary wooden building,
and could have a temporary organ, and
Omaha has three and a half times the pop
ulation of Worcester and wealth beyond
question. It has, as a city, a commanding
position, which Is growing stronger every
month, among the states, the counties and
the towns which touch Us borders. And as
I Bat at the rehearsal last Monday and
heard chorus, orchestra and soloists put
ting the finishing touches on new works
specially composed for the festival, the
principal thought that filled and thrilled
me was this namely, that In five years'
time Omaha cbuld have a festival with
results Just as far-reaching and Just as up
lifting In proportion as that of Worcester,
or Hereford, or Gloucester. We could with
certainty hope to hear new works written
for our festival by American composers as
well as the great works of of er schools;
we might without doubt expect to see Sir
Edward Elgar conduct his own composi
tions, as he has already done In the United
States. It would take five years to get a
solid, substantial festival, but each year
for the next five could show a great deal
of progress In the careful, thorough study
of the best things ancient and modem, the
gradual development and cautious enlarge
ment of a high standard choir of a couple
of hundred voices, and the general arous
ing of Interest by large concerts and visit
ing orchestras. A few recitals by singers
and players have their place, of course, bu
-after all they do not build much In a pir
manent way if we get a broader outlook
on the musical field we will grow. Omaha
might arranggt with other places like Lin
coln, Dea Moines, Minneapolis or such cities
named at random, or have a festival of her
own choir, as Is the case at Sheffield,
Birmingham, Leeds and other places where,
also, the meetings are not held in a cathe
dral. Leeds had festivals as far back,' as
1767. Birmingham's festival is still ohier
than Leeds' and the profits (for the local
hospital) amount to about 20,000 at each
festival. The Sheffield choir is said to be
the greatest choir In England. Its singing
Is very famous and Dr. Coward, Its con
ductor, la said to be a wonderful chorus
Choir, Soloists and Work.
Ths choir at this festival has been doing
excellent work. There axe 25 singers, di
vided thus: Sopranos (women), sixty-six;
trebles (boys), twenty-two; contraltos, forty-eight;
male altos (men. not boys), thir
teen; tenors, fifty-four; basses, fifty-five.
The orchestra consists of eighty-six mem
bers and thoy play superbly; most of them
are London players. The soloists are the
best oratorio singers obtainable. It was a
great pleasure to meet again my old frletad
Charles W. Clark (formerly of Chicago, but
now of London) and who aang "Elijah"
and also the Priest" nnd the Angel of the
Agony" In that great work Sir Edward
Klgar's mubical enthronement of the fa
mous poem by Cardinal Newman entitled
"The Dream of Gerontlus." Sir Edward
did not conduct this because, certain words
being objectionable to the clergy about tha
Virgin Mary, this pag was "cut" in per-
lormance. However, the church did not
frown on the "St a bat Mater," and a orltlo
said In course of his remsrks in his Lon
don paper: "1 remember a fesl.val
preacher, lv. Canon Knox LittW, now
subdean of Worcester cathedral, twice using
the word, "our blessed lady" In the course
of his sermon, and 1 expected from this,
imprudonlly erhjps, that CarJnal New,
man's text as we have It in "Uerontlus"
would be sung without the expurgations
which have obtained elsewhere." Now, Sir
Udward Is a very devout Roman Catholic
and hia conscience, of course, would not
permit him to accept the substitution of
words more 'Protestant" in their nature.
However, be conducted the rehearsal and
performance of his oratorio "The king
dom." whloh did not appeal to me as did
The Dream'1, (as it Is affectionately called
here). We also saw this man the greatest
light that has shone In Engltoh muslo sklea
for many tfenerstdar, conduct his own
suite, "The Wand of Youth," at the con
cert In th ' public hall the one secular
hour of the entire week. The motet, "Be
yond These Voloee There la Peace," com
posed for this festival, was conducted by
1U composer, the cheerful, rosy-cheokod
picture of good nature. Sir C. Hubert H.
Parry. The "Stabat Mater" of Sir Charles
Stanford was conducted by him In person,
at rehearsal and performance. The "Hymn
of Faith," by Mr. Ivor Atkins, was con
ducted by him, and he Is the conductor of
the festival this year, as he is organist
of Worcester cathedral, and each festival
Is conducted by the organist of the cathe
dral In which it la held. 80 Mr. Atkins
hod his hands full, for he conducted "The
Messiah," the "Hymn of Praise" (Men
delssohn), "The Magnificat" (Bach), the
violin concerto of Beethoven (played most
intelligently by Mlcha Elman with orches
tra), the dramatic cantata, "Everyman,"
by Dr. Waiford ' Davlea, organist of the
Temple church (not City Temple), London.
He was present, however, for I saw him
after the performance. Mr. Atkins also
conducted the beautiful (oh, how peace
fully rich It la!) symphony in C-nilnor,
Brahma. It Is modern, but not "brassy"
Ilka so much of the modern music; and the
"Dream of Gerontlus" and the "Elijah'
as well as the big opening service. He
conducted at the Wednesday evening con
cert the symphonic poem, "Don Juan," of
aichard Strauss, a wonderful tone tapes
try; and other pieces, . Including that most
enchanting symphonic prelude of Claude
Debussy, "L'Apres-Mldl d'un Faune," an
example of the-beautiful atmospheric music
of the best Freqch school of today. Mr.
Bantock, one of the "moderns" in English
wrftlng, conducted his own "fantastic
poem for orchestra" entitled "The Pierrot
of the Minute," and gave It Its first per
formance. It was fantastlo and fascinating.
Dr. Brewer conducted his own composition
(specially for this festival), "England, My
England." I must admit that It pleased
me as much as Mr. Plunket Greene's sing
ing of It which I did not like at alL Mr.
Walter Hyde did some good work, with a
fine tenor voice. In Wagnerian scenes. Miss
Qleeeon-White and Miss Edith Evans were
Interesting soprano soloists In various
works. Mme. Clara Butt was the leading
contralto soloist, her glorious real con
tralto voice being most delightful to listen
to. Mr. John Coates sang the "Messiah"
tenor airs and recitatives with splendid art.
He and Mr. Gervase Elmes divided the
tenor work of tho festival, while the bari
tone and bass parts were shared by Mr.
Charles W. Chirk, Mr. Plunket Greene,
Mr. William Higley and Mr. Robert Rad
ford. Patrons ef the Festival.
The patrons of the festival, in addition
to the king and queen, are the prince and
princess of Wales, the duke and duchess
of Connaught and the archbishop of Can-
j terbury; the president Is the lord bishop
j ot Worcester, whose attitude towards the
festival la thus gently - alluded to by that
master crtlc, musical chief Justice and bril
liant writer, Mr. Joseph Bennett of t'.ie
London Daily Telegraph: "The bishop of
Worcester (Dr. Yeatman-Blggs) amuunces
1 In the Diocesan Magaslne that he will not
be present at this festival, being ordered to
a water cure. I am sure that all who are In
terested la the musical meeting regret these
causes and cannot help regarding t!it re
sults as most unfortunate, the more be
cause tha occasions have been so many
on which the festival of ths Three Choirs
has had to do without the bishop of the
diocese In which It Is held. It means a
loss of dignity to the proceedings, and not
that alone, for In this age of fault finding
many will think, If they do not ssy, that
tha watsr cure is diplomatic, and Its timing
with festival week a somewhat remarkable I
coincidence."- This Is very plain speaking,
and when a man like Mr. Joseph BennetM
who has been historian of musical happen
ings for about half a century, writes thus
It gives one an Inkling of the trials and
tribulations of a festival promoter. The
writer goes on to say: "Unhappy Worces
ter, that the musical festivals' within Its
walls are nearly always preceded, accom
panied or followed by bickerings over some
point of procedure or by Jangllngs concern
ing the proper manner and measure of
'reverence.' " Some critics assert that the
festivals will not reach their full quota of
power until they are entirely removed from
ecclesiastical Influence.
While all the "pros and cons" ot the mat
ter have been most interesting to me, tliey
would not interest my readers at a distance
of nearly 6,000 miles and so I will not dwell
on that line of thought, but will dismiss It
for the present, with the suggestion thai
there' is a problem before the festival man
agers which will require tact and diplomacy
to properly adjust and arrange.
Few people know of the worries, the op
positions, the obstacles which have con
fronted those enthusiastic people who have
held unflinchingly to the development and
continuance of these annual events. And
therein lies a lesson. Any scheme for first
class musical growth and expansion must
meet with adverse circumstances, but per
severance will . usually win. The "Three
Choirs Festival" has been a mighty force
In the nurture and blossoming of the mu
sical culture of England and when. In fu
ture tunes, the great history of British
music will be undertaken the doings of the
Hereford, Worcester end Gloucester choirs
will be written large.
Before leaving Worcester I must men
tion another subject. I don't suppose there
Is a choir In the United States of any ac-
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beautiful and popular anthem, "The Radi
ant Morn Hath Passed Away." They re
member, perhaps, that tha muslo was writ
ten by Rev. H. H. Woodward, M. A. Well
that gentleman Is none other than Cnnoi
Woodward of Worcester cathedral. I hai
tho pleasure of meeting him face to fact
and of telling him how his church mual'
win held In great esteem amongst us. Hli
"Crossing the Har" Is requested often al
tho church In which I have the honor 01 '
acting as director of the music, while hlil
other anthems and his communion sei vlct
are familiar to the leading choirs ol
Omaha. H. Canon Woodward received ui
most cordially, even favored us with ar i
Invitation to tea. Through Mr. H. Godwlr-'
Chance, who presides over the destinies ol
the Gloucester Journal and whose crltlquet
of the various offerings of the festival
were to me the most Interesting of all thfl
Journalistic reports; through him I had .
the pleasure of meeting Mr. C. Le Wll-j
ltnms whose anthems are well known by
the best choirs, especially that lovely un- '
accompanied one, "Thou Wilt Keep Him In i
Perfect Peace." Mr. Williams' splendid '
anthem, "O, Ixtrd. Thou Art My Qod,"
was suns; at the hip opening service on
Sunday the 6th, conducted by the composer'
himself. His music Is like a stnlned-glasi
window It Is so rich and churchy.
Mr. Wolstenholme played the postlude al .
this service, a special composition for the
occasion. His music Is well known In the
United States.
The festival lasted a week and was at
tended every performance and better still,
everv rehearsal. If th new Mendelnsohn
cho'r of Omaha hss sufflclnt membership j
of earnest workers It Is my Intention lo f
take un for studv the "Dream of Oeron-
tlus" by November.
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