Music and the Amateur
By Our Musical Correspondent IT is commonly asserted that the .grewhig habit Of 'listening in" has Ii a great extent paraly.auti amateur music and the production of music in the. Milne. New, it would he a very had thing fur a nal n in if its men-liters were lulled by broaaresi ing into a sort of coma and their imisical interests became entirely 1 in!-s iv. lint as a mutter of fact there ns lei real tear of this. In the first place, it. is never listening that does the mischief, but bad and inattentive listening. To listen in seriously 10 a. concert ur repusam, 11111sie requires en active in tettigenee and attention; 1.1 hear inuele with sympathy and understanding is, in a. sense, to "create" 1111.1sM. Nolle the less, broadcastine bee caused a cunsiderable change iii our national habits, end it has matte the amateur more eree and self-conscious about performing music in tile home. It does, indeed, seem rather ridiculous to stumble through a piece of Chopin or Ii-eethOVeli, kVile21 perhaps at that very 1110111131A SIICII 1111.1Sir is being broadeast by a wOrldefamtal pianist.
Amateur Music not Dead
There is, however. 11 iarge body of evidei,.. i.0 prove tiHti amateur mush: is not dead, hut on the contrary Halving alai spreading in many direcLEWIS. (:1111rat Societies have had a hard struggle, but the Competition Festival MOVeraellt has Met with great sneeees. There. k 110W 0, Central 1,011d011 Chtilither Music Club whieh gives everyone a eliance of playing chamber music for himself and learning something of the art of ensemble playing. A Madrigal Club Is also being formed_ and the main idea is that in all these associations Professionals and amateurs should meet as equals. Then thro,ughout the country there are various Councils and fiuilds, each with its own Festival. Amateur Operatic Soieeties produee sonic excellent results; nor should we forget the work that ie done in our schools and colleges to interest young.iienple both in learning music! and playing cortaiit instriiincins. it is fin Pilot-moue nesat to have eVtill a rudimentary knowedgc, Of how to play a violin, Per instance, or the elarionet, and makes an orebestral concert far more interesting, and renders the ear far more receptive to orchestral tone.
Easier to Learn •
FlirtberTrlOre, (1111' t rltle.4 and teachers of teuebc, like Sir Walford Davies, sir itichard Terry, or Sir Donald Tovoy, must, have stimulated thousands itt ail classes 1u take a deeper interest in niusieal art. Of course. present..day changes liaxe Fallen hardly upon some musicians, told
of the c Luema
:'l III,' the abolition
of the c Luema
:'l III,' the abolition orchestra, there are many eorupetent musicians out of work. This state of affairs doubtless discourages a large number of people from pursuing music as a til'oft1s4on. Ibut, theamateur., ke.i. will be seen, is well catered for to-day, and broadeasting has no more numbed his activity than spectacular cricket or rut:Muni matches Lave brought to an end the local club or cricket on the village green. There are HO signs In England yet Of that, sort of decadence that befell ancient, home. when, we. are teed, the people demanded free meals :Aid the games at the circus.
The Discipline of Art Although ive le entertained on so vast a scale and faeilities are so heap and su enoraluits, the individual has not lost his illitiatke. To try to make music any nay is the best education possible, whether it takes the (mil of learning to sing or play, or to eompoe.e. Thole is not _touch hp eineourrigi. filo ot.tor r composer, it is
true, but sia add not on that account
abandon his lash lea to write; moreover, he should seek criticism and make the discovery—which is so good for us all that he has a great, deal to learn and can scarcely hope to succeed till be has mastered the teclinieal side of his work More fully. Those \Nei° are to-day successful ‘vriters, even of Lett mush: or popular in isle, have probably had a long struggle and this struggle must always take two forms. First, the musical aide; and next, the knawledge how to adapt such work for inty imrlieular market. Same people sleelder at the thought. of will i 11111Sie. SOL' any market at all, but at least the great rompo.eers WerP out So sr/neat/list/. They knew well encmgh that if they were to live at all aud get their musie heard, they would need the. patronage of the rich and to eorne extent the favour of the world of their day, and they did not despise such opportunism. When at last their names were established, doubtless they were ;thle to please. themselves, and. to give RH unfettered licence to their muse, but probably none of then, were the worse for Veal, early struggles Mach brought thetn heir; touch with their fellow-men and the practical issues of life. Art itself is strengiliened by such a discipline, tar if Art is the voice of humanity, speaking a common meeeage for all time, then ieirely it Is a Wee eonception that Art Can thrive best sei a delicate hotehonse plant, 1111lablF3 to meet the buffets of an unkindly wind. Even the greatest peofessional and the best-known composers of to-day had to start as insignifirant untateurs and make their own place i the world and perfect their own resources.
If the. great prizes fall to very few, hat should at least lie no deterrent to any who feel within themselves the desire to be active as well a.s passive in their musical interests.
RECENT CONCERTS Fritz Kreisler, 'rho vi)iii:ert lies year which has excited the greatest interest was the reappearancie of kreislor at the Albert
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Ilan. Among the pieces that were received with the greatest enthusiasm were Handel's. sonata it, A, Bades Patina in B minor (violin alone) and Mozart's Concerto iti
The Hirsch Quartet. The Hirsch Quartet.
A concert was given by this quattet
artets of artets of
at the Aeolian Hall when quartets Haydn, Sibelius, arid Schubert were played and a most promising musicianship was shown.
Gerhard Husott. Gerhard Husott.
This artist assisted by Thu ins !ado Muller appeared at the Hyde Park Hotel on Sunday, January ei, iviien the London Lieder coneerts were lee:initial. One of Schubert's song cycles was given and songs by Wolf also were rendered with great charm.
Iso Elinson gave the first of four pianoforte recitals or works by Bath at Wistmore Hall on Tuesday, Janitorseti. On Bite oreesion twelve of the Preludce and Fugues. were played from the beet book with great accurary rind expressive Mlioarivilxitex1R,.7111iot7t‘:al gave a violin -recital et Wigniore nii Thursday. January el. Ile played (with Ivor Newton) Mozart. s (. major concerto (K ale) and Bach's sonata ill minor. At this convert also a finite of Karol flathaus was performed for the first time and met with an enthusiastic reception. Max Rostal's iilayin as g w of the very highest order throughout the vOrlePrt.
This well-known pianisi V, as I ri] 1.4.1 great rideantage 11io' Aeolian Rail on February ‘.! I:11..1011's, Sonata. R minor—a-speeitilly in its quieter iiiiinients. This was followed le selis-Linn of shortee pierce, the plani. exeelliiig in his treatment of Debussy, but a slightly longer interval between the rendering of these pieces would have been acceptable.
In thespace of fifty years the In thespace of fifty years the ve dwindled Australian Aborigines ha dndled from over half-a-million to 65,000, which is their present numerical strength. Half of these live on State reserves, the others are nomadic bush natives. A writer in the Empire Review describes the latter as well developed, slim and muscular. good humoured and good natured, clever and efficient in their own arts, culturally belonging to the stone age, but perfect specimens physically. The bush natives are extensively used by Government as trackers of runaway criminals, being known as the most expert trackers of the world, and believed to be endowed with a sort of second sight. Why these aboriginals should be fated to such rapid extinction is still a mystery, at least in Europe. Perhaps incomplete imitations of civilisation might account for it, such as alcohol and clothing. In tropical countries clothes, by their intermittent use, are the most frequent cause QC pneumonia and cartzurni)tion.