SINGERS AND PLAYERS
•". Mr. Garnet Holme,"of San FrariciscOj =writes that -40. boys from, the Columbia Park ;^ye' ; Club.of 'fliat city are to'visit New Zealand, and that they will probably be in Auckland in May i next. The club wae started by Major Sidney 6. Piexotto some fourteen years ago, and is an organisation, lor the educational developmerit of the American boy.' Part of the scheme of the club is effected by means of travel. The boys have annually undertaken a 500 xttile walking trip through California, on iwhich outings they sleep in the open md cook their own camp Jrieale. Thie'ye&r Major Peixotto proposes to tour-both islands of New Zealand, endeavouring to cover maintenance expenses for the "'forty, boys, by giving entertainments in each, townand centre. Each' of the lads plays an instrument in a brass ..band, and .their anks include singers and reciters.; They play baseball and football. ,■''"' ;■ -..'/' ; Paequale Toriillo, Sydney's best-known harpist* died recently. For over fortyfive' years "hi* -iae-, bfeen .tweaking the strings of fcie eneient instrument, and betWeea tim*e bringing up a family of three tons and three daughters to make other pleasant "noises. Mrs. Torzillo, who '.predeceased; h«r husband several '■ ifkin;, was a of Louis Becke, the Australian author. • Tettrazini Iβ. said to, have discovered a /?«cond Patti" in the person of Miss Gertrude Fleming; a young San Francisco singer. She Jim persuaded Jean de Reszke to train .her,, ;: ':y>\^:"~ Blanche Arralj the prima donna who visited Australia and New Zealand, is in America. She sang at the Apollo Club in St. Louie, and won golden opinions. Other cities in the. west, such'a|'(Cincinnati and Louisville, '-'■ were also given an opportunity of bearing her. i Mrs. Melba is indignant with the "Argus.? , The other Saturday it published a series, of pictures of past and present stage favourites with their selling price tabbed on th«m in large figures (says the Sydney "Bulletin"), Melba's price was given at £14 per singing minute. Now her manager writes declaring that Nellie holds the world's record, which she pnt up at Sydney, when v slie. netted a clear £2360 out of half an-hour's singing, equal to £78 13/4 per minute. Madame Clara Butt's many friends will be glad to learn that she is making co good a recovery that) the doctors have authorised her leaving England next week to complete the cure. Her luis.band, Mr. Kennerley Rumford, will acompany. her to Cannes, where they are to stay for! five weeks. Madame Butt's reappearance 1 in London was made, at the sacred concert given in Queen's Hall on Good Friday evening. ..; -. ' % Mr Percy Grainger's researches into old English folk songs, many of which he has, by the aid of a phonograph, succeeded in rescuing from the oblivion whereto otherwise in the nature of things they would speedily have been consigned, are held in great esteem by the musical/world. During his recent visit to New Zealand*.the ''Age" says, he has busied himself taking records of Maori music, much o? which he considers to be most interesting. In addition to his work in the Dominion, ■the collecting of which has been hie own special, hobby, a friend of. his has also supplied , him. * with phonograph records 'of'native Rarotonga part sorigSi! These he describes as " full of the joy of life, and voicing a tremendous, glad, teeming energy, genuine polyphonic music showing •much sense of harmony." As it is usually in four, and sometimes in .'eight parts, he finds-the task of transcribing the records "appallingly hard"; but ha.iskeen and enthusiastic, and finds the work "fascinating." , These Polynesians;'he says, must evidently have had a musical civilisation of their own, on a par, artistically, with thfrir legends, carvings and decorative patterns. . ■: Now that another concert season is beginning, the ,'.' Daily Telegraph " pleads for a "close time " for a number of hackneyed solos and orchestral works. It is an interesting 1i5t..... gome of ,the examples are of the highest rank—"revered classics," as the "Telegraph" calls them— but they have certainly been overdone in. the laet year or two. I reproduce the list, in order that musicians in New Zealand may see what;London,has been.running after lately in the way of music:— Tsohaikowskya Sixth. '■ Symphony; " his Violin Concerto, and .the "1812"'Overture. jtfax' Bruch's Violin Concerto in G Minor. , Saint 'Saens , ,"Mon coeur Vouvre a £a vbix." Chopin's B flat" Sonata. Beethoven's so-called "Moonlight" Sonata... '..,,... - . .The Prologue to " Pagliacci." Bach's " Ohacorine" and Air on the G string." . >, / t . ■'.>. " Tannhauser " Overture' and " Elizabeth's Prayer." . ■ \ ' Verdi's "An! fors' c lvi." ■ ' "Peer Gynt", , Suifce.(N<>. 1) and Splveig's Song. '■' Handel's " Oiribra mai fii." MOzart's "Voi che Sapete;" Coleridge-Taylor's " Qnaway, awake, beloved." _ '■' Edgar's "Pomp and circumstance" March in G. Beethoven's "In questa tombe." ' Lot'ti's "Pur dicesti." Dvorak's '" Humoreske." Weber's "Softly sighs." Clay's "I'll sing thee songs of Araby." Liszt's Second Hungarian Rhapsody (not to mention others). The Bell Song from " Laknie." Goring Thomas's " A; suintner night." Gounod's " Lend mc you aid." Brahms-Joachim Hungarian. Dances. Any Concerto' of Paganini. Wieriiawski's " Airs RusSeV '
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