Theodore Thomas: A Musical Autobiography

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A.C. McClurg & Co., 1905 - Conductors (Music)
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Page 3 - Throughout my life my aim has been to make good music popular, and it now appears that I have only done the public justice in believing, and acting constantly in the belief, that the people would enjoy and support the best in art when continually set before them in a clear and intelligent manner.
Page 13 - I agree with the present time, and prefer truth to European culture (hypocrisy) ; but I also admire to some extent good manners, and confess that I am in my inner self enough of a German that it makes me feel better if I can treat some one or some thing with respect.
Page 294 - Dvorak: Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 95 ("From The New World"!
Page 18 - How, then, can they do justice to the task before them, or be in the proper mood for it, when their minds are not concentrated upon their work ? This, of course, also affects the conductor, and mostly in his interpretation. The late-comers who own boxes can easily avoid disturbing others by refraining from talking. I must be excused from giving an opinion on this species of disturbance, for my gift of emphatic language is not adequate to the subject.
Page 19 - To listen to music is restful to the human being, because faculties are called into action and appealed to other than those he ordinarily uses, and also because it absorbs all his attention and frees him from his worldly cares. Instrumental music is especially restful, because it appeals to his imagination and intellect, and permits his own interpretation to the extent of his experience, whereas in vocal music the interpretation is bound by the text.
Page 348 - Medical College, and at the time of his death was chairman of the Executive Committee of the Association. Dr. Pratt was a man of sterling qualities and was much beloved by all who knew him well. He was quiet...
Page 345 - First Concert, November 4, 1904. Overture, "Carnival," op. 92, Dvorak; Symphony No. 5, "From the New World," E minor, op. 95, Dvorak; Overture, "In the South" ("Alassio"), op. 50, new, Elgar; "Siegfried's Rhine Journey," from "Die Gotterdammerung," Wagner; Rondo, "Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks,
Page 372 - Gott," New York, November 12, 1887. REYER. "Waking of the Valkyrie," from "Sigurd," New York, December 8, 1888. RHEINBERGER. " Wallenstein's Camp," New York, August 10, 1871. Overture, "Demetrius," New York, March n, 1881. " Passacaglio," op. 132, New York, April 14, 1888. Concerto in G minor, for organ and orchestra, Chicago, February 22, 1895. RHEINHOLD. Prelude, minuet, and fugue, op. 10, New York, January 24, 1879. Concert overture, op. 32, New York, January 10,1883. RIETZ. "Festival March,"...
Page 345 - Tschaikowsky; Symphonic poem No. 2, "Phaeton," op. 39, Saint-Saens; "Heart Wounds" and "Spring," Grieg (string orchestra); "Intermezzo" and "Perpetuum Mobile," op. 39, Moszkowski; Vorspiel to "Lohengrin" and "Ride of the Valkyries," from "Die Walkure," Wagner. Fifth Concert, December 2. Overture, "In Italy,
Page 347 - Village Swallows," Joseph Strauss; Suite, "Sylvia," Delibes. Ninth Concert, December 30. Symphony, C major (Kochel, 551), Mozart; Concerto for oboe, G minor, Handel (Mr. Alfred Barthel); Symphony No. 8, B minor ("Unfinished"), Schubert; Scherzo, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Mendelssohn; Overture, "Genoveva,

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