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Plays, Acting and Music

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Plays, Acting and Music is written by Arthur Symons. The living actor, even when he condescends to subordinate himself to the requirements of pantomime, has always what he is proud to call his temperament; in other words, so much personal caprice.

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Piano Mastery

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Piano Mastery is written by Harriette Brower. One of the most consummate masters of the piano at the present time is Ignace Jan Paderewski. Those who were privileged to hear him during his first season in this country will never forget the experience.

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Piano and Song

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Piano and Song is written by Friedrich Wieck. When I speak in general of singing, I refer to that species of singing which is a form of beauty, and which is the foundation for the most refined and most perfect interpretation of music; and, above all things.

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Physiology of The Opera

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Physiology of The Opera is written by John H. John. Italian opera, the strong resemblance therein being displayed of Signor Salvi trilling on the stage, to the immortal Thespis jargoning from a dung-cart. But we shall indulge in no such wearying pedantry.

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Parsifal

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Parsifal is written by H. R. Haweis. In the legends of Parsifal and Lohengrin the knightly and religious elements are welded together. This is enough. We need approach Parsifal with no deep knowledge of the various Sagas made use of by Wagner in his drama.

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Opera Stories from Wagner

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Opera Stories from Wagner is written by Florence Akin. The cloud of smoke moved down the gloomy cave and Alberich's cruel voice laughed: "Ha! ha! Now I shall make you black slaves work! Now you dare not be idle, for when you do not see me I shall be watching you!"

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On the Execution of Music

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On the Execution of Music is written by Camille Saint-Saëns. The graduals and introits had not yet been reduced to bars, but the songs of the troubadours appear to have been in bars of three beats with the accent on the feeble note of each bar.

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On Singing and Music

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On Singing and Music is written by Society of Friends. The fundamental doctrine declared by our Saviour, when He said, "It is the Spirit that quickeneth, the flesh profiteth nothing," was steadily kept in view by George Fox and his fellow laborers.

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On Conducting

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On Conducting is written by Richard Wagner. The older conductors of this stamp if they happened to be less gifted than those mentioned, found it difficult to cope with the complications of modern orchestral music--mainly because of their fixed notions concerning the proper constitution.

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Old Scores and New Readings

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Old Scores and New Readings is written by James Runciman. The Mass is indeed noble and stately, but it is miraculously expressive as well. Its expressiveness is the thing that strikes one more forcibly every time one hears it. At first one feels chiefly its old-world freshness--not the picturesque.

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