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THE SUNDAY OREGOXIAN. PORTLAXD, NOVEMBER :.. 1Q1S
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IT IS often observed among audiences
attending high-class concerts that
world-famous soloists seem to sing
and play with the greatest ease.
Singers trill as easily and sweetly
as the nature-trained canary; pianists
sweep the keys of piano keyboards and
perrorm all sorts of wonderful tricks,
as if the rendition were done just off
hand. How often do such musical experts
practice? Or. are they superior to the
drudsery of everyday rehearsal?
ii on tnis Problem shed by an
illustrious music genius, Ignace Pade
rewski, pianist. Paderewski was re
cently interviewed by Olin Downs of
the Boston Post, and it is notable that
laderewski seldom talks for publica
tion. These extracts are furnished
Xrom the interview in question:
"Tell me," said I, "is it true, what
they say. that you used to practice all
night preparing for a concert tourT"
"Of my first two American tours,"
Mr. Paderewski replied, "it was cer
tainly true. I had agreed to give a
great many concerts in my first and
second seasons over here. I had to
prepare for that first season nine dif
ferent programmes and each a stupen
dous one. The mere work of memo
rizing was immense. So at that time
Practiced from nine to 17 hours a dav
and at the end of my second American
tour x was a perfect wreck."
I remembered then a certain conver
sation I had with this man some time
ago. when I put what was a rather
personal question and was given in re
turn an answer I shall, never forget I
eaid then: "Tell me. if you care to, do
you. now at the zenith of a wonderful
career, feel that the game was worth
the candle Do you feel that there
nas been sufficient reward for years
epent like a galley slave at the oar,
tied to the piano, condemned to cover
with your hands miles and miles of
white Ivory keyboard every day? When
all is said, has it been worth while"
Mr. Paderewski reflected for a mo
ment, and made this priceless rejoin
der: "I'll tell you." he said. "I feel
that I have fought some good bat
..IvrelUned to this toPc- I asked him
If he believed in a great deal of prac
tice for a virtuoso. I added that some
successful virtuosos of my acquaintance
had spoken of the eight-hour practice
period as the special bugaboo of the
pianist's or violinist's existence "In
my case," said Mr. Paderewski "I must
begin by saying that 1 think I occupy
an unusual and perhaps isolated po
sition. "Vou see, I did not commence to
study the piano for the purpose of play
ing in public until a comparatively late
period in life. I composed and taught
composition. I wanted people to play
my compositions. They either did not
do so (!) or else played them as I did
not want them played. So I studied the
piano in a desultory way in order to
play them myself, and performed a lit
tle from time to time. Finally, in
about my 25th year. I came to the con
clusion that my talent as a player was
worth cultivating. So I began a sys
tematic piano practice, and I have al
ways felt it necessary to practice a
great deal. But 1 think it is very pos
sibly owing to a lack of rigorous early
training at the keyboard that this is so
necessary to me. I did not commence
to practice in earnest until about the
time when 1 went to Leschetizsky."
Some of this is worth remembering
albeit Mr. Paderewski says his was a
But let us supplement this excerpt
from an interview by a story which
the foremost of American violinists
tells on herself. Maud Powell was
staying in the Summer at a country
place. Every morning she went
through her customary exercises. Every
morning a boy employed about the
place in "doing chores" passed her open
window and heard her working away
at something which in the course- of a
few days he learned to Identify. When
he had heard her playing it every
morning for more than a week he could
no longer contain himself, and as he
passed the open window he shouted-
"Aw, say! Can't ye play it ylt?"
ROTABLE CHOIR CHANGES.
The First Rnntist r-. i
gaged Harold Hurlbut as choir director
and tenor soloist. A quartet, begin
ning with this ttnorning's service will
hereafter render the music, members of
which are: Mrs. Eva Wells Abbett so
prano; Mrs. Virginia Spencer Hutchin
son, contralto; Harold Hurlbut. tenor
x,'.reCr,:,.Hl-ry ScouaH. baritone,
and Miss Nellie Kennedy, organist.
nur.um came to Portland three
rears airn frnm -v x- . -
:. . " , , "in., wnere ne
had been soloist in - - .
churches. In this city he has been
""''' me iirst Methodiatj
MUSIC PEOPLE ACTIVE
The voice of Miss Anna Case
is transmitted by phone from
East Orange, N. J., to ' the San
Francisco exposition, on "Edison"
day. Miss Case is a soprano star
with the Metropolitan Grand op
era Company, New York City.
Tom Dobson, of this city, wins
success in his New York City
recital. He is now en tour, and
is expected to be In this city dur
ing Christmas week.
Harold Hurlburt Is the new
choral director and tenor soloist
at the First Baptist Church, be
ginning with today's services.
Miss Goldie Peterson, of For
est Grove, is the new interim so
prano soloist In the choir of the
First Presbyterian Church, this
John Claire Monteith, baritone,
is engaged to arrange the music
at the memorial services of Port
land Lodge, Benevolent and Pro
tetive Order of Elks, December 5.
Miss Ruth Lindgren, soprano,
sang at the last meeting of the
Woodlawn Parent-Teacher Asso
ciation. Hartridge Whipp is baritone,
and Norman A. Hoose, is . tenor
and director of the newly or
ganized quartet at the First
Methodist Episcopal Church choir,
begining their new duties with
C. O. Hargrave. a Portland
pianist, leaves to 'visit relatives
in Chicago and expects to re
turn to this city about Novem
Miss Lillian Ries, 10 years old,
will be a soloist at the Nordlca
Club concert November 19.
Vera Isom. a student violinist,
played a solo last Sunday night
at the First Methodist Episcopal
Episcopal Church and nololsr i.d
dtrector. of the First Congreeational
Church. Mr. Hurlbufs voire
trained in New York Citv hv rT,r,on-
ari, George Hamlin and Lan Beddoe
who have all given him the benefit of
their wide experience. Mr. Hurlbut has
a tenor voice or both sweetness and
Mis. Hutchinson, who continues as
contralto soloist, is one of the finest
contraltos In the Pacific Northwest,
and possesses a voice of such appeal
ing beauty as to make her notable as
a singer of devotional songs.
Mrs. Abbett is a well-known Portland
soprano, the possessor of a beautiful
lyric voice of exceptional range and is
a choir singer of wide experience.
Henry Scougall. baritone, is a native
Oregonian whose vibrant, rich voice
has been winning him a good deal of
attention. He has had six years' ex
perience as "a choir singer.
Miss Nellie Kennedy, who continues
as organist, has won praise for her su
perior organ, playing.
Beginning tonight, the membership of
the First Methodist Episcopal Church
choir. Twelfth and Tiylor streets, is:
Mrs. Pauline Miller Chapman, soprano;
Mrs. Elizabeth Hamilton Stowers, con
tralto; Norman A. Hoose, tenor and
director; Hartridge Whipp, baritone,
and Miss Gladys E. Morgan, organist.
Mrs. Chapman and Mrs. Stowers, who
continue to hold their present positions
in this choir, are both admirable and
experienced choir singers. Mr. Hoose
and Mr. Whipp are fellow members of
the celebrated Ad Club Male Quartet,
and are widely and favorably known to
the general public. Mr. Hoose was re
cently, one of the principal tenors of
Philadelphia, Pa., and has a powerful,
sparkling voice which is unusually ef
fective In oratorio, concert and choir
work. Mr. Whipp has really a beauti
ful basso cantante voice the "old sing
ing bass" and was recently a grand
opera soloist with the Lambardl grand
oper company at the Baker Theater.
Miss Morgan was recently organist at
the First Christian Church choir, and
her playing is much admired.
John Claire Monteith. baritone and
choir director: W. A. Ei-win. tenor, and
Helmuth Edward Krause. organist,
have resigned their positions in this
TOM DOBSON'S STAR SHINES.
Tom Dobson, whose relatives live In
this city hie sister is Mrs. John F.
Logan and who was well known in
Portland as the bell-like boy soprano
soloist in the surpliced choir of Trinity
Protestant Episcopal. Nineteenth and
Everett streets, is "making good" in
New York City as a high-grade drawing-room
entertainer and concert solo
ist. Mr. Dobson is now a tenor singer,
composer and piano accompanist of
Mr. Dobson is now 'on his concert
tour throughout the country, and when
he reaches this city in Christmas week
it is hoped he will be heard in recital.
In the high-class concert field. he
has struck out in a new line all by
himself. He is sure to win National
At the recent recital given by Mr.
Dobson in the Punch and Judy Theater.
New York City, under the management
of Loudon Charlton, he rendered this
programme: l. "Hois Epais" (Lulli);
"L Orage" (D'Eglantine) ; "Da Unten
im Tale" and "Jung-Fraulein" (Brahms
Volkslieder) ; "Have You Seen But a
Wild Lily Grow" (Anonymous: "Th
Nine Penny Fidil" (Hughes). II.
ant einer Waeser-Lilie. ' "Gesnhieden,-
aui aer Keise zu Heimat." "Ureter
n.usen, uaut der welt" (Greig). Ill
"An Answer' (Brockway); "Sea-shell"
(Engel); "Dread," "When I Was One
and Twenty," "At the Edge of the Sea"
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utiiiR .nesuns tuooson). IV
Imnrovinir Sone-n fi-i r- A i. i . v. i '
dren" (Carpenter). V "Shadow March"
(Fiske); "When Father Wa n T.itrio
Boy" and J.uliette" (Brainerd) "Jim"
(Lehman): "Seumas Beg" (Dobson); "A
Fat Lil" Feller" (Gordon).
opeaKing or this recital, the New
York Sun said: "Tom Dnhunn
one of his characteristic and now famil
iar salon recitals. He sits at a nlanr.
I plays his own accompaniments and
even sings some of his own songs. Mr.
uoon nas ootn tancy and humor, as
well as taste." H. E. Krehbiel in the
New York Tribune, wrote: "Evprvthin.
about the affair was ingratiating at
the Dobson recital the singer, his
voice, his manner, his art, his songs
the pleasant intimacy of the unique
"Here's an artist who can grow and
be a factor in the entertaining world"
says the New York nioho -vt,
eon's style is beautiful and clean, and
s,-.1,y auapiea ior young people's
parties. Mr. Dobson grows upon his
listeners. His voice Is nvmnaibi.
?degZee' and hu Playing, especially of
charming" Eelectlons' wa! Positively
The young sine-pr ho i ,
I , . - . ' " imiiicu HUH-
self to enunciate clearly in more lan-
K v . , n one' and as enunciation is
one-half of singing. h i k
gaPhlated'" SayS the New Tork Tele"
fL'ndVe?1 treat a welcome relief
from th hacknevnrl no.,n . t .
are the fare of th vV-l
goer." says Musical America.
maimer, the New York music
"tic, said that the Dobson mfltnl Wats.
a. rare treat, and thought that a joint
anCd MrbynRKth the sonologist
fh"d".r' dobson "would be a splendid
COMISTG MUSICAL EVENTS.
The next concert of tho aii ...t.
male chorus, William H. Boyer, con
?.rtoePartrvk"7nP,,S:K,i 5? Hfi"f Th?a.-
Madame Permelia Gali as soloist.
rinh'.wS "lectinS of the MacDowell
Club at the Benson Hotel Tuesday aft
ernoon at 2:30 this programme has
been arranged for by Mrs. John Claire
cS :1PSn ?yCle- "In a Brahmin
?t ?e?, Freerick Knight Logan);
"Lo! -Tis the Hour." "Ganges Boat
DonB.'.. .air Radha," "Krisna's La-
...eni. miss Atetta Brown, contralto;
soprano solo. "Ritorni Vlncitor." from
Alda" (Verdi). Mrs. Herman Polit
yiolin solos, "Mazurka" (Tor Aulin)
Romanza Andaluza" (Sarasate),
Csardas (Hubay). Carl Grissen, with
Miss Claire Oakes. accompanist' so
prano solos, "A Slave Song" (Del
Riego), "Morgen Hymne" (Henschel)
Sacrament" (MacDermld). "Spring
Song" (Woodman). P g
The Monday Musical Club will dis
cuss the "Voice" at the meeting to be
held tomorrow at the Hotel Multnomah
at 2:30 P. M. Mrs. C. D. Joslyn will
have charge of the programme and will
read the principal paper on the sub
ject. Mrs. Elizabeth Bond will discuss
the different methods of voice culture
and Miss Ella Van Lewuen will dis
cuss Lilli Lehman's book, "How to
Sing." There will be a short musical
programme following the papers. Miss
.thel Edick, lyric soprano, will render
"L' Ete" (Chaminade) and "Bird of
Love Divine" (Wood). Mrs. Fred A
Kribs, dramatic soprano, will sing
Song of Musette" from "The Bohemian
"ne Fine D" from
Madame Butterfly" (Puccini). Mrs
w. A. Viggers. contralto, will sing
'Song of My Soul" (Bond) and "The
Song of Songs" (Moya). Mrs. L. T
Newton, first vice-president, will pre
side at the meeting.
John Claire Monteith, one of Port
land's best-known musician, has been
engaged to arrange the music for the
annual Lodge of Sorrows, to be held by
the Benevolent Protective Order of
Elks the first Sunday in December.
Mr. Monteith will sing a sacred solo
and will direct a quartet of mixed
voices. He has had charge of the mu
sic for this memorial service for sev
eral years In the various cities in the
state. In Salem, In Astoria two differ
ent years, in Aibany twice, and this
Will h Ihn thfrH . ;..,i. V. 1
--- ; c ana arranged
the music for the Portland lodge. Two
years he has had charge of the music
for this service in Lewiston. Idaho. At
one of these services he arranged for
the appearance at this service in Lew
iston of the Harmony Quartet, which
also sang In concert at the theater in
that city under the management of the
Elks' Lode-e. An iimiaiiol f..,i,.. r ...
engagement was that it was tlie longest
which my ever uaei Djr a DOUy of SO
many well-known Portland musicians.
Members of this quartet were Mrs.
Raymond A. Sullivan, scprano; Mrs
Lulu Dahl Miller, contralto: J. Ross
Fargo, tenor: John Claire Monteith.
baritone, and Mrs. Warren E. Thomas,
Francis Richter, a favorite and pop
ular pianist of this city, will appear in
piano recital at the Multnomah Hotel
ballroom Monday night. November 15.
under the auspices of the MacDowell
and Monday Musical c'.ubs. This re
cital will be one of the most Important
of the entire musical season of 1915-16,
and from the talent also of the pianist,
the event should be largely attended.
Lucien E. Becker will play this pro
gramme of English pipe organ music
tonight at Trinity Episcopal Church:
'Meditation.,' (Sturges); "Tavanay
Minuet" (Vincent); "Chosen of Angels"
(Clark).; "Pomp and Circumstance,"
(Edga); "Andantino" (Lemare).
Mrs. N. A. J. Mortensen and daugh
ter, Modesta Mortensen, a well-known
violinist, left last Tuesday for a trip
Mrs. H. T. McQuade's singing was
one of the charming features last week
at the Land Show. Well selected songs,
both novelties and old favorites, made
up the singer's programme, and were
well received by large-sized audiences.
Lucien E. Becker was the efficient ac
companiest. Sumner Parker, of Ashland, Or., a
younsr violinist who recently played
in recital at Roseburg, appeared in a
program or sona worth, writes a Rose
burg correSDondent. In hs .n
older and better known soloists fall
musically below this ambitious young
... ... (""jcu a. trying programme
with such poise and finish as one sel
dom finds in so young a player. There
"c lunness ana oeauty of tone, ade
quate technic and warmth and heart
in his playing. His phrasing fills one
with a sort of exultant satisfaction as
' a lovea tf.SK wen finished. "I have
heard but one violinist, and h of in.
ternational standing, play the beloved
Dvorak 'Humoresque' as Sumner Par
ker gave it to us, and the Kreisler
uumuers, worKs of a scholar, played
from the heart and brain of n r.oi
student. The young man Is a born
violinist, and he will make for himself
a place near the top. I expect to hear
oi cumner Parker. '
'( 'nil . . .
. " BLuucma oi nanes Duncan
. i n L. in n. Huccessrui recital
at the Lincoln High School auditorium
Friday night, assisted by Mrs. Beatrice
Hidden-Eichenlaub, piano accompanist
T tl .1 1' I U ll I n .. . U ,. . . .
' " . - -v.i .i.ii " ii vi iyua pari witn sucn
musical credit were: John J. Egr, O.
C " uutra, vv uiiam A.
' i-aiimi wuesi, xaurence
-' nji oim luc ensemoie class.
The Portland Trionlan Tai..1 T..
Mrs. Violet Phillips Glandon. soprano;
Mrs. Mary Baltimore Hull, contralto
and Mrs. Margaret Redding Koon, con
tralto, sang with success at the Pied
mont Men's Community Club dinner
Miss Ruth Lindgren, soprano, a stu
dent of Mrs. Margaret Redding Koon.
sang with pleasant success at Wood
lawn Parent-Teacher Association meet
ing last Wednesday.
A short programme of -Schumann
songs was rendered by Miss Helen
Dekum and Mrs. Elizabeth Bond, under
the direction of Mrs. Rose Coursen
Reed at the last meeting of the Tues
day Club. other recent soloists have
been: Miss Christine Denholm and
MIss'Astrid Roal. At the next meet
ing Miss Gertrude Ost and Miss Ma
rion Brodie will sing in a programme
of Schubert songs.
It is rumored that Mariska Aldrich,
who obtained a divorce last Thursday
in Taney County, Missouri, shortly
will marry Andrea Polah, a noted Ger
man violinist. Polah and the diva
smilingly deny there is to be a wed
ding, but Polah and the singer have
spent many hours together since their
arrival in Missouri. Polah for several
months has been the guest of Rose
O Neill at Bonnybrook, in Taney Coun
ty, the Summer home of the artist. A
few yards away Madame Aldrich occii?
Pied a small log cabin, where she has
been living to establish a residence
in Missouri. The singer and Polah
first met in Berlin, later In New York
City and in Chicago. They appeared
jointly in concerts. "I love Mariska's
two children," said Polah In broken
English, "but as for marrying her
ah. that Is a different thing. Artists
should never marry they never
Vocal students of Mrs. Edward Alden
Beals will sing numbers from Donizet
ti's opera of "Lucia," and "Miss Isa E
Botten will lecture and play piano se
lections from that opera, at the East
Side Public Library East Eleventh
and Alder streets, tomorrow night, un
der the auspices of the Musical Ap
A pleasant occasion was enjoyed at
the home of Mrs. M. T. Carty, when an
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... VBt . icnuerea oy
the Ladies' Tuesday Evening Sextet
Ann rliiArrrir Ui-d nur ni n ...
l a jariy, in
honor of the approaching marriage of
Eunice Van Hoeter, who is a member
of the sextet.
Mrs. A. E. Gardner presented eight
, monaay aiternoon.
The excellent programme was rendered
by Annetta Strawn. Vera Boynton,
Vilma Voissilier, Annie Feldsteln, Miss
Sommers. Miss Grosvold and Miss
w arren Lewis, baritone, was soloist
at a banquet at the Multnomah Hotel
auditorium recently. Mr. Lewis, who Is
a student of Harold Hurlbut, won
mucn appiause lor his fine singing.
From the Ladies' Tuesday Evening
Chorus, under the direction of Mrs
M. T. Carty. there has been organized
a sextet with these members: Mrs
Green, Eunice and Violet Van Hoeter
Ruth Carty. Peggy Baker and Jessie
Mrs. Clara Brooks Urdahl left last
week to take charge of the vocal and
piano departments of several Eastern
Oregon schools of music. She will
divide her time between the various
Eastern Oregon cities, directing these
departments for a Seattle conservatory
. - uu.'"i-i bcui oy ner
Portland students, coupled with the
popularity sne enjoyed as a concert
and church nnlni m in tk. i .
- "i iM'in Clues
in Washington state won for Mrs.
' me position named.
Miss Goldie Peterson, of Forest
Grove. Is the new soprano soloist in
the choir of the First Presbyterian
Church, this city, in the absence for a
few months In New York City of Mrs
Jane Burns Albent. Miss Peterson has
a sparkling, resonant and altogether
excellent soprano voice which she uses
w-ith fine musical taste and cultured
A chorus organized by the First
Presbyterian Church and under the
leadership of E. Maldwyn Evans is
now preparing for the special Christ
mas programme. Including favorite I
numbers from Handel's "Messiah " Th.:
Portland Oratorio Society will assist
in tins diinsimis concert. This chorus
rearses Tuesday nights at the church
iiuiiii., him in otreei.
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York concert manager, whom he haii
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in Paris. M. Salnt-Saens called to re
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Mahoney. organist. and Miss Julia
Burke, violinist. The concert will be
in honor of the Souls in Purgatory,
and will be as follows: "Ave Maria,"
obligato solo. Miss Zeta Manning
(Bach-Gounod); "De Profundi!,"
Psalm 129. plain chant; trio. "Sonata
Maria" (Faure). Mrs. James Hayes.
Miss Edna Halstead. Miss Esther
Hogan; choir, "Ye Shall Dwell in the
Land" (Stainer). E. L. Fredrich. solo
ist; male quartet. "Abide With Me"
(Monk), Scott Kent, F. Thomlinson. L.
Ponto, F. Fredrich; choir, "Rest in
Peace" (Schubert), obligato solo. Miss
Gertrude Kunz. followed by the Bene
diction of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Several of the piano students of Mrs.
Ethel Barksdale-Warner entertained
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