The Stage in the Twentieth Century: Third Volume

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Broadway publishing Company, 1912 - Actors - 360 pages

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Page 210 - To me it seems as if when God conceived the world, that was Poetry ; He formed it, and that was Sculpture ; He colored it, and that was Painting; He peopled it with living beings, and that was the grand, divine, eternal Drama.
Page 109 - ... is not the least of their troubles. Alternating current is not well suited for moving picture work, and under many conditions is almost intolerable, especially in the lower cycles, with its ceaseless flicker, as well as in the large number of instances in which the regulation is poor. Direct current with good regulation, at the proper voltage, and at a reasonable price, is ideal, but almost never obtainable. In most of the smaller cities, and many of the large ones as well, the station equipment...
Page 275 - In 1769 he had the honorary degree of Doctor of Music conferred upon him by the University of Oxford, on which occasion he performed an exercise, in the Musical School of that University. This exercise, consisting of...
Page 286 - Me conduct an Offenbach composition! Never will I do anything so degrading." Jacques, when told of this remark, replied, "Please tell Mr. Thomas that I will not be so particular. I shall be most happy to conduct any composition of Theodore Thomas when he reaches the dignity of becoming a composer.
Page xxxi - The background also acts as a sounding board to project sound waves. Beautiful effects may be obtained similar to those of the artist Mariano Fortuny of Venice, who has invented a new process of stage illumination which closely imitates the conditions of nature, and presents all objects in diffused light. Arc lamps are used exclusively, as their light corresponds in composition more closely with sunlight. The light is reflected by surfaces of cloth and thus diffused.
Page 284 - Union of New York. A crowd said to number fifty thousand people filled Madison Square and shouted welcome to the composer until he appeared on the balcony of the hotel. Offenbach weighed just ninety pounds. He was perhaps the least imposing man in appearance one could possibly imagine. He spoke excellent English, thanking the people for his reception. He retired in less than one minute and the crowd went home thoroughly disappointed because the man who wrote "Orphee aux Enfers" did not dance on the...
Page 284 - Maurice, succeeded in enticing the famous composer himself to these shores. His idea was that the public would pay fabulous prices to gaze on the back of the man who had set people literally crazy with his entrancing melodies. Offenbach was accordingly engaged for thirty nights to conduct an orchestra of sixty musicians in programmes of his own compositions at Madison Square Garden, New York. He was to receive a fee of $1,000 a night — regarded at that time as unprecedented.
Page xxiv - The illumination of the stage was the direct system under perfect control of an operator located under the stage in front of the musical director. The combined use of all the illumination provided did not light the scenes and characters properly. The stage house contained more than three quarters of a million cubic feet of space. Some idea may be...
Page xxxi - ... silently. Indefinite time may be expended in preparing scene pictures with that care and detail so desired by the director and artist, and with the knowledge that they will appear undisturbed and silently in their proper place in the play. And thus does the mechanical stage play its part in the advancement of the drama. The...
Page xxxi - The light is reflected by surfaces of cloth and thus diffused. In order to produce the various tones observed in nature, the reflecting surfaces are composed of a number of strips, some of which serve for the production of colors, and others for the modification of the light by an admixture of black or white (white paper reflects 70 to 80...

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