Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, May 02, 1909, EDITORIAL, Page 7, Image 15

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Chat About Music, Musicians and Musical Events
kTU'L.T thfjr la nothtn new un-
TT 1 drr the un. The other nlht
I book cam Into the writer s tlf.
a noon written nearly 2no year
ago. Now when a good book
cornea Into one's life it It null
an event: It ought to be celebrated ev-ry
year thereafter: it ought to have a birth
day In our year. Well when a good book,
and an old book at the aame time, enter at
on Instant Into your life. It should be
recorded. It does not follow that all old
things, Just because they are old, are good.
No. not that. (Bin la aa old as the hills.)
But when you get an old song that's a
good song, or a good book thal'a an old
book, you feel like calling In the neigh
bour to rejoice with you, became you have
found a sheep that was lout. And so, the
other night, when you were sleeping the
sleep of the Just and the tired and the
conscience-free, the one who writes these
lines was sitting up into tha early morning
because he could not part company with
a noble and Irresistible old singer and
singing-teacher who came down through the
loag distance of one hundred and eighty
six years to tell us some things about the
sentiments on the ancient and modern sing
ers, and obesrvatlona on the florid song.
The old master Is Tier. Francesco Tosl,
and the book he wrote was published first
In 1721 It was later done Into English
under the title of "Observations on the
Florid Song" the translator being Mr.
Oalllard and the publisher J. Wilcox at
Virgil' Head. In the Strand. London 1743!
"Pier. Francesco Tosl was an Italian and
a singer of great esteem and reputation.
Ho spent the most part of his life in
travelling, and by that means heard the
most eminent singers In Europe, from
whence, by the 'help of his nice taste, he
made the observations." Bo salth the
preface. Blgnor Manuoatto writing In Sir
George Grove s famous Dictionary of Music
and Musicians, says: This book Is "a prac
tical treatise on singing, in which the aged
teacher embodies hi own experience and
that of his contemporaries, at a time when
the art was probably more thoroughly
taught than It has ever been since."
"Arid It was this old book, this good book,
which held the musical editor of The Bee
leeplcts and spell-bound the other tilght,
while the dear old master talked. Little did
the splendid old artist and master-singer
dream that In less than two hundred years,
his principles would be preached to thou
sands of readers, through the mighty press,
and that there would be found those to
honour, respect and obey him. In a far-off
onrt of a very far-off country, where at
:hat tlma buffalo herds were the only musi
cian, and wild Indians the only artists.
While this book Is specially for singers,
t Is so Interesting that it seems selfish
Jot to reprint some of the sentences which
ne hns greatly enjoyed, for they will un
doubtedly appeal to any lovor of music,
whether singer pr not. The book la mel
low with the richness of the evening of
life, brilliant with the gleaming of refined
wit. and fresh with the pure radiance of
Truth In Art.
Here he begins with a "Dedication" to
"His Excellency, the Earl of Peterbor
ugh. General of the Marines of Great
Britain." He Reminds His Excellency of
delightful dtfys spent, at his Lordships
country seat, "where, Tour Lordship hav
ing been pleased to do me the Honour of
Imparting to me your Thoughts with Free
8om. I have often had the Opportunity of
admiring your extensive Knowledge, which
almost made me overlook the Beauty and
Elegance of the Place. The famous Tulip
Tree In your Garden there Is not so surprising-
'a Rarity aa the uncommon Pene
tration? , yous. Judgment." (Methinks he
must have rneVthe Blarney Stone.)
Here are some of the observations:
, VHe that; studies Singing must consider
that Praise or Disgrace depends very much
-on h!sVoloe, which; if he has a Mind to
preserve., ho .must abstain from all Man
ner of Disorders, and all violent Diver
. "Let him be able to read perfectly, that
he may not be put to Shame for so scan
dal us an Ignorance. Oh. how many are
there who had need to learn the Alpha
bet! (It would soem from the pronun
elation one hears nowadays that the ad
vice still holds good. Mus. Ed.)
.; "Singing requires so s rlct an Applica
tion that one must study with the Mind
when one cannot with the Voice."
"The unwearied Study of Ynuili n sure
to overcome all Obstacles that oppose,
though Defeats were surk'd In with our
Mothrr's Milk. This Opinion of mine is
subject to strong Objections; however, Ex
perience will defend It, provided he cor
rects himself in time. But If he delays It,
the older ho grows the more his faults
will Increase."
"A Student must not hope tor Applause,
If he has not an utter Abhorrence of Ignor
ance." "Whoever doe not aspire to the first
Rank, begins already to give up the second,
and by little and little will rest contented
with the lowest."
"When he studies his Umon at Home,
let him sometimes sing before a Looking
glass, not to bji enamoured with his own
Person, but to avoid those convulsive Mo
tions of the Body or of the Face (for so I
call the Grimaces of in affected Singer),
which, when once they have took Footing,
never leave him."
"If too many did not persuade trcirnolvcs
that they had studied sufficiently, there
would not be such a Scarcity of the Best,
nor such a Swam, of the Worst."
"There nre an Infinite Number of other,
who wish and sigh for the Moment that
eases them from the painful Fatigue of
their first Studies, hr.plng to have a C'hano
to mnl; one in the Crowd of . the second
Rrtf. Thre dT not conlrW flat
MKI TOCKITY in a Singer mean IGNOR
ANCE." "That Professor ought not to be fre
quented, though excellent In this Art,
whose Behaviour is vulgar and discredit
able, and who cares not, provided he mnk.a
hla Fortune, whether It be at the Expence
of his Reputation."
"A discreet Person will never use such
affected Expressions aa "I cannot sing Tj
dny I've got a deadly Cold,' and, In mak
ing his Excuite, falls a-Coughlng. I can
truly say, that I have never In my Ufa
heard a 8lnger own the Truth, and say,
'I'm very well to-day.' They reserve the
unseasonable Confession to the next Day,
when they make no Difficulty to say, 'In
all my Days my Voice waa never in better
Order than It was Yesterday.' "
"At first Sight, Arrogance has the Ap
pearance of Ability; but, upon a nearer
View, I can discover Ignorance In Masque
rade. "This Arrogance serves them sometimes
as a politick Artifice to hide their own
Fallings: For Example, certain Singers
would not be uncern'd, under the Shame of
not being able to sing a few Barrs at Sight,
if with Shrugs, scornful Glances and ma
licious shaking of their Heads they did not
f )
Christine Brooks, who Is to be presented
in recital at the First Baptist church on
Tuesday evening, will sing to a host ot
friends who have eagerly followed the
praise of the press and public during the
last two years which she has spent in
Bensjn studying under Mary Forest Gum
and the great Ralmund von lur Muehiln.
A Berlin critic recently commended her as
a beautiful young American who la destined
to do something worth while In opera and
adds: "Christine Brooks sings with a great
deal of musical and artistic intelligence
and with a pleasing warmth of expression.
Her Interpretations of selections by Handel,
Schumann, Fran and Gani were admirable.
Miss Brooks sails for America soon, but
will return to Germany and sing in opera
next season."
I When Christine Brooks sang at Templln
with full orchestra, under Herr Walter
Schurwenka, she received many curtain
calls from an audience which filled the
opera house. A London paper (Pall Mall
Gasette) says: "We have (seldom heard an
artist whose voice is more tonally perfect
or whosce Interpretation is more artistic.
Miss Brooks' singing of the German makes
It hard to believe she Is not a German."
On all occasions this artiste's programs
have been of a high and exacting character.
give the Auditors to understand that those
g.os Errors are owing to him that ac
companies, or to the Orchestra." (Rare old
It Is a Folly in a linger to grow vain
at the first Applause, without reflecting
whether Ihry ste given by C'hnnce. or out
ol Flattery: and If he thinks he deserves
them, there Is an End of him."
'He that sings with Applnuse In one
Place only, let him not have too good an
Opinion of himself: let him often change
Climates, and then he will Judge better tf
his Talent."
The best Singer in the World continues
to study, and persists In It as much to
maintain his Reputation, as he did to ac
quire It."
'A Singer Is laiv. who on the Stage from
Night to Night, teaches the Audience all
his Songs: who, by hearing them always
without the least Variation, have no Diffi
culty to learn them by Heart."
It Is very gratifying to find the renowned
Master, Tosl, at the close of his career re
ferring students to The Bee. The Be ap
preciates the compliment most deeply, and
Is grateful. He says:
"Finally, O ye young Singers, hearken to
me for your Profit and Advantage. The
Abuses, the Defecta and the Error dl-
vulg'd by me In these Observations were
once almost all Faults I myself was guilty
of, and In the Flower of my Touth, when
I thought myself a great Man, It was not
easy for me to discover them But since I
have suffered by my Ignorance, let It at
least serve for a Warning to amend those
who wish to sing well. He that studies, let
him Imitate the Ingenious Bee, that sucks
Its Honey from the most grateful Flowers."
"Remember what has been wisely ob
served, that Mediocrity of Merit can but
for a short time eclipse the true Sublime,
which, how old soever It grows, can never
"Abhor the Example of those who hate
Correction: for like Lightning to those who
walk In tho Dark, tho' It frightens them,
it gives them Light."
Surh are some of the observations of one
of the most renowned of the great masters
of singing of all time. They are as perti
nent today as when they were uttered al
most two centuries ago. He that hath an
ear let him hear the words of one who,
being dead, yet spenketh.
Musical Notes.
Mr. Joseph Gahm, the ever-popular pi
anist, will give his recital on Thursday
evening at First Congregational church
under the auspices of the (School) "Teach
ers' Annuity association." That Mr. Gahm
has firepared a program which, from its
very dituinct novelty, will be of much In
terest, Is proven by the following numbers
which he has carefully chosen for his re
apiwaranee In Omaha In concert. The
first group consists of Haydn's F-mlnor
Variations: Menuetto, from a Sonata, Mo
xart: The A major nocturne of John Field,
and Polonaise, Op. 9 of Paderewskl. The
second group will consist of a Gluck
Brahms Gavotte, a Paganinl-Schitmann
Caprice, a Richard Strauss Revery (Traue
merel), two compositions by Joseph Gahm,
and "Naiads at the Spring," by Paul Juon.
The third group will be the Masurka B
minor, Op. 33: the Etude C-sharp minor,
and the Valse. G-flat. all by Chopin, and
the Cantlque d'Amour by Liszt. The clos
ing group will be "Carneval Scenes." Op.
18, .by the modern, Constantln Corpus.
These are. Entrance, Charmeur. Melpo
mene and Thalia Fortunn. Procession of
young artists. Harlequin and ColomWne.
Butterfly. Danse Macabre. Roller skat
ers. Moorish Dance. Comedians. Finale
(March). Mr. Gahm will play only two of
his own compositions on this program, as
he purposes presenting a program later
which will be devoted entirely to his own
work along this line.
Miss Bella Robinson gave a pupils' re
cital at her studio last Monday evening.
Those taking part were Gladys Drelbus,
Martha, Murphy, Kathcrlne Beeson. Dor
othy Black. Marie Bush, Margarlte Hypes,
Fay Herwig and Gretchen McConnell.
On Tuesday evening, May 4, Miss Chris
tine Bro ks will give a recital at the First
Bartlst church. In the first group she wiU
sing "fngedult" and "Per Llndonbaum''
bv Schubert, "Auf dem Meer" and "Lleher
Schats" by Fran and "Wldmung" by
Schuman. In the second group, two old
Rr-gllsh songs. "Mary of Allendale" and
"Cherry Ripe." also two songs by Mc
Dowell and three bv Rudolph Oans. In
the third group. "Psyche" by Paladilke,
"Lied Maritime" by D'Indy and "Mon
coeur souvre a la volx" by Saint Seans.
In the last group. "Der Behmled" and
"Botschoft" bv Brahms. "Verborgenhelt"
and "Ceber Nncht" by Wolf, and "Zuelg
nung" by Straus.
Famous Church of New Orleans, Its
Associations and Sur
roundings. A dispatch from New Ci leans say them
waa a mysterious explosion in the south
tower of tho old St. Lout cathedral last
Sunday afternron. It is suspected that fl
came from u bomb which had been placed
In the south tower by some enemy or
tncmlc of the Italian wcrkmen engaged
during the week In making repairs In that
part of the building. The damn will
probably not exoc-d t2,0u0.
It would be a great pity of tho St. Louti
Cathedral wero to meet with a real disas
ter. It U one of the oldest rlvrchos In
New Orleans and one cf the most famous
In the country. During the days of the
foreign rpRlmc In Louisiana It was built
fropvthe plou. urreilngs of one f :!ic great
Ppriiilsii m:p.iates of th" Crswent city,
I n Andrrns d? Almonastlr. The generous
uld Kionlard who raised the structure to
3od-nnd nerhnpa himself lies buried be
neath the f i' or, while til blood lives in
the Pontaiba family of France, which
boosts a title and draws goodly revenues
. from his ancient holdings In New Orleans.
The cathedral ni'lgbors on the old Ca
uildo, one of the m.wt historic structures
In tl e fulled States. On a llitru portico
in fiout of the second story of the heavy
looking, arcaded, an'l. If we forget the
queen French mansard roof, ' typically
Spanis'i looking structure, while the ap
plauding crowd from the plaza, looked on.
took p!ac the formal act which completed
the . Utnsfer of I'uisiona from France to
the ('tilted State. To all Americans, but
especially to those who live In some part
of th great territory once called Louis
iana, the rid Csblldo should appeal aa an
Important national monument.
There Is only one thing wliW'h can be
said against the Cablldo; It is so like the
building on the other side of the cathedral
that it la hard to tell them apart. Tourists
top In Chart res street in front of the St.
Loul cathedral- and' angrily dispute aa to
which Is the Cablldo and which the Imita
tion. It cannot be denied that many people
have returned to their homes In distant
cities with the mistaken Impression that
the Supreme Court building Is the Cablldo.
It must be admitted that It takes some
thing of the grandeur from the real his
toric building to have a double In the same
street, only separated from it by a church.
But we must take these things as we find
them. 1
In front of the cathedral Is the "Plaeo
d'Armes" of the French regime ond tho
"Plaia de Armas" of the days of 6panlsh
domination. Today It is known aa Jack
son square. It was to this spot that the
Lafltte pirates, who had been stationed at
Spanish Fort to help ward off a British
attack by way of the lakes, made their
memorable run one morning on summons
from Andrew Jackson that they were
needed an event the memory of which Is
still preserved in the annual "Run from
Spanish Fort" by athletic members of the
Young Men's Christian association. It was
also In this little plaza that General Jack
son reviewed the troops assembled for de
fense of the city against the British and
breathed Into the disordered local militia
his own indomitable spirit.
The St. Louis cathedral and Its neigh
bors, the Cablldo and the Iron fenced
flowery little plot of land known as Jack
aen qua re, are three of the sights of New
Orleans full of quaint charm and real his
torical Interest. When these go or lose
their present air through the agency of
modern Improvements, the moat fascinating
spot In the old French quarter will have
vanished. Chicago Inter Ocean.
Bee want ads are business boosters.
Your complexion ai well
at your temper is rendered
miserable by a disordered
liver. By taking Chamber
lain's Stomach and Liver
Tablets you can improve
both. They cleanse and in
vigorate the stomach and
improve the digestion.
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For the purpose of giving the citizens of
Omaha an object lesson In what may be
accomplished by concerted action among
business men, and to prove that better
methods of lighting streets and caring for
them than ara now In vogue In Omaha
exist, tha firms doing business in one block
on South Sixteenth street have combined
under the name, of "The Ginger club" and
are actively preparing tu put their ideas
Into force. On of the first big moves will
be to provide belter lights oo the street
In front of tbelr places of business. It Is
planned to have Installed ornamental Iron
posts, supporting globes which will be Illu
minated by the tungsten lamps. These
posts) will be in place In about thirty days
and then Omaha citizens will get a chance
to view what Is being dun In other ritlea
generally. The photogrtph from which
tha accompanying rut waa made waa taken
on River slret-t. Aurora, 111., and la a good
example of the proposed method of street
lighting. It Is In use In Denver on several
of tha downtown street and on the boule
vards, and in Minneapolis and several other
important cities. Its Introduction Into
Omaha, even In an experimental form, will
be if great practical value, and mill prob
ably result In a more general adoption of
th plan for the downtown streets. City
Electrician Mk-haelsen has expressed him
self as being In ftvor of a modification of
th present plan of street I'ghtlng. At any
rate, the enterprise of the Ginger club will
be rewarded by the attention that will
come to the "500" block through tha ef
forts they are making
The &nabe Piano
Mill Be Used at the
Given by
Under the Auspices of the TEACHKIVS ANNV1TV and
Thursday Evening, May 6th
r v ?
Who Have Used and
The Knabe Piano
A Special Announcement
IBraodeis Stores
To the Boys and Girls of Omaha j
1477 Prizes, Worth $2,500
Brandeis Stores have always been foremost in introducing new methods and improve
ments. It is our wish to co-operate with manufacturers to spread a better knowledge of mod
ern means to make homes more comfortable, more hygienic and more economical. We are
starting a campaign of education on gas, and its practical value in the home.
To the School Children of Omalui, Who Will Write the Best and Most Practical Composi
tion on GAS, Brandeis Stores Will Give
How to Turn Night Into Real Day
Every boy and girl knows something about gas. You ought to know more of its prac
tical uses and you will find it to your advantage to inform yourselves more fully and enter
this contest.
I It Costs Nothing to Enter This School Competition Contest
J You Are Not Required or Asked to Buy Anything.
I SI Prizes, Valued at $10.00 Total $310.00.
62 Prizes, Valued at $5.00 Total $310.00 I 124 Prizes, Valued at $2.50 Total $310.00.
j 310 Prizes, Valued at $2.00 Total $620. 950 Prizes, Valued at $1.00 Total $950.00.
I All you have to do is to write a good, clear, common sense composition about gas and
I its uses for domestic purposes. Ask your mother or sister or anyone who has real exper-
I ience with gas lighting, heating and cooking. You can get booklet of valuable information
at Brandeis' stores.
j How to Enter the School Composition Contest
This contest is open to all pupils in the
Grammar grades of Omaha schools.
Come to Brandeis stores west end, main
floor and ask for registration blank and the
booklet containing thj rules of the contest.
When your resistration blank has been
filled out with your own and parents' or
teacher's signature, bring it to the store, then
study your subject and write your composition.
We are ready for you tomorrow or whatever day
in the week is moat convenient. A demonstration of
various gas appliances will be going on and you can
learn many things that you should know. We will give
you booklets of ustful Information.
Prizes now on display In our windows many thlnga
every boy and girl wants.
Carefully selected Judges will decide upon the mer.
its of the compositions.
Now let every boy and girl In Omaha's grammar
grades enter the contest and write a compouition on
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I 16th Douglas f r""! n T ' Vl'r'ra'w" 16th Douglas
The !nde In Me lred aa a Camp
tare for All tls Com-
All of the woniun school teachers of
Brooklyn have received a circular announc
ing that the summer nature camp for
women and girls at Sunrise ' park, near
Ktdgefleld, Conn., will open June 1. Dr.
A. Sidney Higtsins of U Kingston avenue.
Brooklyn, who manages it, aims to cure
nerve and stomach disorders. The rule of
the camp Is that the campers shall wear
no clothing, except In bid or cool weather,
and shall live upon fresh milk and cereals
Dr. Hlggins said recently that there are
no maladies of the kind referred to tnat
cannot be cured by exposing the naked
body to sunshine and air. dieting a he
prescribes, and taking required rest. ,
Sunshine pfk consists of 1,500 acres in
an Isolated section of Connecticut, four
miles from a railroad, in a heavily wooded
region. The doctor occupies a house and
the campers live tn tenta at some distance
from it- They are required to go to bxd
at dusk.
The tents are furnished with beds and
cots, but some of the campers prefer to
sleep In hammock suspended from trees.
Others sleep on the ground. Their recrea
tiona are archery, tenuis, quolta and slm-
Why Our Prescription Business is Largo
and Constantly Crowing
1. Our I'rescriptlon Depurtiiieirt Is in
HHi-uiein a ay li mn ni.mie ol ihji
.S'i i-nr' m i
2. Only Graduate and KeKlstered
I'liariiiaclntH ilo tliU work and
their whole time, ia lven lo Com
pounding. Kvery prescription n-i-hcekeil
before Hemllng out. -
9. Substitution 1 not --never lias
bi'Cii nor ever will lie permitted
In our l'rexcrlptlon I -rartiiiPnt
or any oilier department.
4. It is eawy for um to compound pre
aeriptiona for New Chemical or
' Sherman & McCcnnell Drug Co.
Corner 16th and Dodge Streets
PlinriiiH'-omlcal for we RATB
THE OOODS gorirrHlly a little in
Hilvunee of m demand.
5. our service i aluays us prompt
9 the cliMructer of nervlre render
ed Hill penult. Our clerical force
being fur the UrxeMl In uny retail
I'liarmacy in the Went.
6. Our PIleeH nr hIwhnh moderate,
considering the cot of lllKreillentS
and time ppent In eompouii'lInK
while we lender a Fkllled and teeh
nleHl servlo wa exact no profes
sional fas for this.
Corner 18th ana Harney Strata.
mlng. For those inclined to strenuous ex
ercise a wood pile and a buck and saw are
provided. walks are taken. On thexr
occasions the campers wear bathing suits
or a short fclngle garment. They wear
clothing also when they vlxit the doctor.
The camp haa a matron, but no cook.
The nature camp was established three
years ago. It opens every year on June 1.
and ends on September 3. Dr. lllgglns U
a son rf A. 8. tflgglns, sr., who was con
nected wltit the Brooklyn public schools
all the active years of his llf. The doctor
abandoned the Uku of drugs five years
"The medleal profusion Is topheavy with
theories." he said. "Hack tj nature and
first principles, is niy motto." New York
DusfroM Surgery
In the abdoinl-iul region is prevented by th
te of Dr. King's New Life pi'U. tha pain
lesa purifiers. c. for tale by Eeatuu
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