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OPERA IMPRESSIONS
OF A MUSK CRITIC
Quotes Washington Irvmg's
Account of the Pastime in
the Long Ago.
An Interesting article on Impres
sions of opera, new and old. Is set
forth by the music critic of the N>w
York Sun. wno write?:
"The truth Is thst opera I? becom??
a habit with thousands of people to
whom abstention from it would ">?
k little short of a bereavement. Tue
/"Metropolitan Opera House le a soc'il
??enter, a resort of the town, a ment
ina place for sll sorts end conditions
of men who do not effect a profouni
consideration of literature or the
-musical glasee?.' They go for pas
tins*, not for philosophising. The sol
emn critical discussions of the pur
poses snd methods of composers con
cern them not. In short, the institu
tion of opera is just what it was weil
ntgh serenty years ago when Wasn
Ington Irving used to frequent the
Astor Place Opera House. He wro.e
thus:
" 'It ts eiled every night. Every
body is well dressed, and it ts alto
gether one of the gayest. prettie.tt
aad most polite looking theater? i
have ever seen. ? ? ? I have not mis.-.
?d a single performance since I havi
b**n In town. ? ? ? One meets a'l
on- ? acquaintances at the opera, an?l
th?r? is much vialtlng from box io
box. and pleasant conversation, be
tween the acta The opcit house I?.
in fact, the great feature in pout
society in New York, and I believe
it is the great attraction that -F*9*
me in town. Music Is to me the grei*.
aweetener of existence, and I nev?r
'-ajoyed It more abundantly than at
pr?aeat.'
?*In this account one find? much to
fit the present time. In one particular,
hpwever. there has been a mark?.? I
-"hange, and to apprciate thia we mutt
turn to the pages of Richard O'-ant
White.
0-Kala( af Opera.
"Writing about the first perform
ance il*HT) in the new houae, he said:
** 'Rarely has there been an assembly
at any time or In any country so ele
gant, with such a generally suffus-d
air of good brewing, and yet it could
not be called splendid in any one of
its circles. At the Astor Place Opera
House that form of opera toilet for
ladies which is now pe?;ultar to New
York and a few other American cl'.**??
came into vogue?a deml-toilet of
marked elegance and richnesa and yet
without that display either of apparel
or trimming or of the wearer ? per
sonal charms which is Implied by 'full
evening dress' In fashionable par
lance.'
"Mr Irving'? delightful glimpse ?*?f
ojera In Astor place invites the recol
lection of some similar Items in a
noble ?ad;.?'? account of 4 much earlier
opera house. Tne Princess de
i'spoeele write? a gossiping letter
te a friend afcer the first perform
Once at the San Carlo. Naples. In lT"57r
'? 'It is 'i o'clock in the morning- ?
?ome from th* threater of San Carlo,
opened this <?7nr?nlng for the first time
to the astonishment of the Neapolt- '
tans with, urti?1c and bauet. inaegu-j
rated is the presence of hts madestyl
-may >?o& keep him. The signo: ?,
?tir husband. Prince Caposele. who j
haa Just now gone to bed and Is ?
sleeping, wearied by continual visits
to the boxes, possessed, as you well
know, a little box la the old theater'
of San Bartolomeo, for which we pant!
at the distribution only ninety |
ducats. r**"?r the ?ame box in the sec-!
<>nd tier, which we have now at the.-;
San Carlo, my husband gladly paid ]
"$') ducats foe. the ?stlsfaction of tak- j
,ng pleasure in tr.? neighborhood of,
the King and paying court to him.'
Prie?*? Ka!?.-??.
"So the.r raised the prices in those I
days. too. and the fashionables, to be '
la the fashion and In the company of
the fount of honor, opened their
pareas with avidity. Further on in
her letter the princess says:
"'My coiffure was a 1'Amadig -1
tbough I do not much like thia style,
but the hairdresser says thst the
carls frsrn?. pleasantly my oval f*?.?:?,
-Jnd tt Is necessary to obey the hair?
vlresser. Beauty pstches are ? MV
worn tn profusion, but I put on only
a passtonee. two galantea and an as- |
?asine on the corner of my lips. 1 j
?or* some pesrls In my hair ?ind
had a double string of them aro??nd ?
my neck. My turtle dove bodies,
very loa-, for they w.ar tn?m ?o at
present, wgs ornamented with pear:?, j
as were the openings and the ed_.?
of the puffed sleeves. All thla orra
meniatixi with uther embellishm?*?; .?
was an amiable gift from my hus
band, who bought it in Paris. Ta.-*
vast, which yon alone know wen w.???
of rose colored silk with tulips ??*
reliri' I have changed the floun?e?
and repla?ant them with silver la ??.
which is more efTeci've. On the pulf-i
a bright orange and red trimming Is
charming.
Two C*pt?m aad a I)?.*
' Uy fan had a picture by on
ed Frsgonard, a Parisian, and this it1
also a gift from nty t us band. Th? y
?ell me tt Is marvelous. I do nut i
se* wher* the marvel can?. In?two'
>e nar ?- ?
Attractive Music Department of Lansburgh & Bro.
little Cupida, a ?og and a bit cf
fra?.??thate all. On the other hai?.
the Itrory frati? la very rich. The
?tick? are perforated and the per
foration? ?pell my name.'
**So much for Kragonard. But let
the noble dame proceed:
"'Perhaps I was a little too nvich
decollete. The little Prince de Tur
ala, who waa in the box next to our.?,
aas looking: at me through his gl??
the whole blessed evening. So m_cli
the worse for him.'
"Mode?ty had gained something
among the solid Knickerbocker? of
i Mr. White's day. but we have mudo
? progress ?lnce 1*^50. The princeas
| also spot??? of the opera. She was
bored and said to her friend:
" "I experience far greater pleasur-?
when SearlaUi comes to us to play
an allegro or a minuet downsta'r.?.
What shall I say? Sarri is perhaps a
highly respectable composer, but ac
cording to my poor Judgment he is
too much given to lamentation? t tr
enjoyment In the opera house. Hi?
majesty, the King? may <?od hav???
him Id Hi* keeping?slept nearly Sie
a'hole ev?iiig.'-"
AMONG THE MUSICIANS
The first musicale of the season of
the.class of Misa I,. l/eib?rman. held
Tuesday: eremng at ?>:?? o'clock, at
tyer residence. .1515 Eighth street
northweat, waa an occasion of delight
for the large attendance. J
Th? performers, consisting of the'
Miss? N'ellie Spano, Rosa Floria. Vin-1
cinzia M arsegli a and Dorothy VVaite, j
as pianists, and" with Mrs. K. Wilson.
Mr?. William Hag num. and Miss H. ?
Kenno. taking the vocal parts, were I
delightfully costumed.
It was a fete for the delight of pro
fessionals and especially the vocal.
"Th?- W??*?-er." 'an Indian song, sung[
by Misa Killie Kenno, of the Carlisle j
School, gave a quaint contract to thej
setting. It was al beautiful and trn _
posing and the au-dtentse rat apell-*
bound in enjoyment. -4
A later number, altogether fascinat
ing, was the linai event of the pro- j
gram. The execution of this. "Rhap-?
sody No. -'." from Liszt, was given .
to Miss Nellie Spano, who put great;
?pirit into her part .and added con-!
siderably to the enjoyment of the :
evening.
All the young women were pictur
esquely costumed .to set oft the part
th? y performed to properly accom
pany it. The end of the program
was the occasion O? congratulation
for an evening of rare pleasure and
?enjoyment.
JAPS~H0N0R MUSJCIANS.
Hi? majesty, ll ?? Krnperor of Japan,
recently bestowed the <le<oration of
the Order of the Sacred Treasure
upon four woman musician?, pro
fessors of the Ma?fea] Academy of
ToStJO. Hi? majesty al*., .-..nf? rie?! on
them the sixth Or??f of Merit for
their ?ervlc? in musical education.
PIANO HAD LESS KEYS.
The pianos of 1????-??,oven's time
-ere nearly an octa\e ?hotter than
the pianos of today. They had t.n
n??tes or keys less.
Tke obligation? ? ? eltUrn? hi?? ia
the l?l?lrl?-t ?f ? ?lumlil? are p?.-?
rrii.?M? ?1 ?ehnraetl il.r?,a?-;li at-tlte
mrmlirnblp ? r? .? ?.??,. h ?.... i.... .
?-Ills-i? ? as??4*?al>?*a.
'^?WS?SW^&SJ@^^?J^?^V'?/?^..,....?.,..... . ...... ?. . .
Over Half a Century of
Devotion to an Artistic
ideal Is Back of the House of
DROOP
We Represent All That Is Best in Music
MAY WE SERVE VOL?
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EXPERT J'FMOVSTARTORS V\ HO KNO*Ar HOW
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1 he Musical Corner 13JO G
DEPARTMENT STORE
FEATURES MUSIC
Lansburgh & Brother Introduce
l'p-to-Date Department
For Patrons.
The voice had just ?topped, and the j
?trains of the orchestra?playing an
ingratiating dance?came floating out '
from the "mu.*?ic balcony" at Lari.?
burgh's last week, proving a magnet
that caught tbe attention of many
buyer** on the floor below.
The entrance of musk- into depart
ment store? attests its ever?increasing |
appeal tu what I? -Iso an ever-in
creasing public?for "good biiR'ne??'
would necessarily govern this innova
?tlon in ?uch an established shop as |
Lansburgh & Bro.. on Seventh
street, which has been in the one
location since the childhood of what j
ii now "the third generation," or is it
the "fourth 1*
So it's another feather in the cap of |
Music in the Home."
"Service, and what the people
want!" Is our ?logan, ?ays ?. G!. Keder,
the new manager of ?.ansburgh's ran
sic department. "We've a new sys
tem." and he opened a filing cabinet!
showing what he called, all alpha-1
bctically arranged, "history card?" ot\
e "?ale" and also "service cards," a|
tabulated "follow-up.*?
It's cumulative burline?? they ?4e?lre,
.*-lth the belief that though the rua
Xc-mer is not always right? he lu satis-|
?Tie?!?
? Hut to return to the dance that
brought the sound of footstep:] on the
stairs leading to the bah-ony. It wa?
the Interlude of the duet "N'obody
Knowe" of Irving Berlin, that Irving
and .lach Kaufmann are ?iniring.
"Hecona -<*Jubs" are a part of the
"servi?**?/' ?*?cheine of this cozy music
corner. The records they are selling
kre Of ?.?olumbla, the "Aeolian-Vo
tfalion^.and?th? high-grade gold seal
1.': ? ?'?'ji record*.
_xJt*>?resda? Why. they can't keep
enough of "I'm Forever Blowing Bub
bieeV" or of "I've Got My ??'aptain
Working For Me Now." that AI Jol?oa
sings and that Irving Berlin com
posed.
The dance and the "pop" son?,- hold
the "record" for salas this month at
Lansburgh'*?.
GEN. RICHARDS TELLS
CITY CLUB OF MARINES
Gives interchting Reminisrence*. o.**
Hi* Long Service With
the "Devil Dos-h."
Interesting reminiscences 0l- ?,?..
service in the marine corp? ?Aere r<
lat-d by Brig, fieri. Georg?; Khdiard?,
h? a?! of the pay division of the ma
nn??.?,, m an address at the weekly
li.iich.-..?? of tha .City I'lub yesterday
afternoon at the clubhouce.
"Tell it to the marines." the taunt
usually flung ?*, hen an in.te.jible story
?.- u.M. or'ginally was intended as a
list n? t ?uwipl i rti.-iit to the marine.-, ?
?The ?.? ? r.? suppose?! t<? ix- >.,, w, .
iiiiornie?! r? ??anting unusual facts us,
u> be particularly tltte.i to pa?s upon
thejr < r?-dio.lit\. ? lei,, ral Kichar?l.-i
? splaini d,
????? phrase originated when a court'
visitor once t?>l<l Chart?-* I ul Kng
h.hd of wonderful flying fishes that he!
sai?! he had seen. < 'harles doubted I
th.- story and called in u marine of-:
fleer who had traveled ?xtenslvely. 1
The king thought the officer would ;
brand the tale a? absurd, but instead ?
the marine replied that he had. seen
mor?; flying Ashes In the West In-1
He* than the king had hairs on his'
heal. ' Well." replied the king,
la u i? li in sr. "the nexi time I hear an
iiiredible story 1 shall tell it to'
the marines."
?Jeneral Bichar?!? said the term
' le?th?-riio?-k" a? applied to inarm. ?
arose from leather strips use?* ?n the ?
? ?dl.irs of mann?? uniforms years a^o
lo stiffen the n?'l..
."'?evenly-five thousand "I'evil flogs'? \
an?l 2,00? marine officers took part'
in the world war, Oeneral Uichards'
Maul. He declared that . the di?tinc-!
tive service rendered by the marines]
in the war wa? proving the fa'lacy !
of the popular belii-f that the Prue-j
si a ? soldier wa? without a superior
or an equal.
"When the t'nited States entere?! j
the war. the Prussian? had succeeded |
in pushing the allies al lover the map!
tf Kurope," ?aul the general. "??????-;
nan? tn>-ii shared the belief of the
reet of the w>>rld that the Prussian '
?olditr represent???! the highest < e
: ?? of military training anJ ot?
iciency.
"Then the Second G)?\????? 'Pevll
Dogs' took Hie post of honor in the
defense of P-ftris and got their longed
for chance to teat out the theory of
Prussian superiority. The "Devil
Dogs' reported: *Thn Prussian has no
?guts.'' He lights like a wolf in the
pack. Get him alone and he's noth
ing.' "
600 EPISCOPALIANS TO
DISCUSS CHURCH DRIVE
At *? o'clock tomorrow evening 6<)0
representatives of parishes within the
Diocese of Washington will meet at
the Church of the Kpiphany to review
the work done In the diocese toward
securing its part of the big fund to
be u.sid in torwarding the work of
the church.
Next week will be "Intensive Week"
in this drive for funds. The rectors
of the parishes will be their own misl
sloners, and will conduct daily serv
ices in all the churches. The domi
nant theme will be "Prayer, Service,
ami Sacrifice."
The Rev. Dr. Wiililam H. Milton, of
Wilmington, N*. C. will be the primi
pal speaker at iMWIfw evening's
servie?? at Kpiphany.
Workers in each parish will be as
signed to visit certain members of the
church during next week, preparatory
t?*> the collection of subscription?,
which will be done on Sunday. Decem
ber 7. On the evening of that day
services will make his report of the
pledges secured. The drive in the
Diocese of Washington will be for
$'J03,O<Xt per annum for three years.
HER EXTOLS
GENIUS OE BALZAC;
His Broad Vision Might Have
Brought Other Than
Pen Fame.
I
Ol Balzac James Gibbons Huneker
thus write: , . ?.
While we believe that I'.eoree
Moore's comparison of Balze? with
??nakespeare is more Celtic than criti
cal, nevertheless it cannot be denied
?nat In the hierarchy of creative ar
tists Balzac stands next to Shakes
pi are in the fecundity of his inaglna
tion. Henley described "The Human
Comedy" as "a monstrous deiiauch of
the imagination;" but surelv no more
of a "debauch" than the Plays. All
?Lnormal productivity of the Intellect
so Impresses u??Rabelais. Coethe.
Ur.pe de Vega, Robert Browning. Rich
ard Wagner.
There are more'than tJueS figure-; In
The Human Comedy" clearly rbarac
terized, no two alike; and each man j
and woman you might meet durili?? a
-"ay's stroll about l'ari.?. Balene and
t.isIc. Balzac and women. Balzaci
?n<; money. Balzac and politics. .Or,
Bi-.i?.c and a thousand themes.
?ToeId An?Irse Art.
His encyclopedic knowledge, e
'.'aordinary sympathies and powers of
?ipression, do they not fairly drench
?.?very line the man penned? He could
analyze the art of painting and fore
N? .Its future affinities with Impres
sionism (read "The T'nknown sraster
plcce") as in "Cambara" he divined
r.erlloz. Wagner, and Hichard Strauss.
Balzac's "Gambara" and "Massi
mila Doni"?what genius he had in
??electing names that inwardly and
? utwardly suited his char.-.cters.
Think of "Z. Marcii.?," think of hie feel
ing for the mystic quantity inclosed
In the zigzag of the last letf-r af the
?Cpl.abet. After rereading "< Jambara'"
?US feel tempted Into echoing Mr.
Moore's extravagant assertion Bal
zac Is not a novelist but a magi.ian.
Hla Indi, Mi?lit?.
What reta him apart from other
novellate, even from his techoi?-al su
perior. Gustave Flaubert, is his fac
ulty of vision. He la a seer. His
predilection for Emanuel Swedenborg
was deep calling unto deep. Any
? o'ive the Frenchman to.iched. I
whether music, usury or eroMcs, he ?
vivified with hi? prophetic Imagina-1
t;on. He saw hla theme ?-oneretely ?
lie eaw its roots in the dead past.;
and. plunging his eyes into the
future, he foresaw Its spiritual ama, j
ltr ultimate evolution and incarna-'
tion?. Such a man aa 'Honore de1
Ku?zoc might have hern a second Bona- ?
parte, a second Beethoven, so magnifi
cent were his physical and spiritual
energies. ?
COMPOSER-PIANIST !
WILL GIVE RECITAL
Serge Prokofleflf. Russian composer
pianist, will ?rive the following pro
gram at his piano recital at the Na
tional Theater tomorrow af*?rnoon
at 4:S0:
1. Schumann's "?""arnaval " 2. An
! all-Russian group, by Borodin, Mous
'sorgsky. Glazonnoff, Scriahin. and two
Preludes hy Rachmaninoff ; closing
with a group of his own composi
tions, a Prelude, March??, Ktude, Ga
votte and Toccata.
The concert is one of the ???? Klf
Series, presented by T. Arthur Smilh.
Chords and Records
Maurice Dambois, the Belgian 'cel
list, cursed the disturber of hi? Sun
day morning ?lumber? when hi? tele
phone rang at I?:*?? a week ago to
day. But th?* tone of his answer
quickly changed as he listened to the
message. It was to the effect that
the Queen of the Belgian?, as Presi
dent Wilson puts it, desired to h? ar
the latest development? in canned
mu?ic. and would visit the private
salons of the Puo-Art floor at Aeo
lian Hall, for the purpose, that morn
inii at 10 o'clock. Considering hi? na
tionality. M. Dambois we? forthwith
summoned a? the most fitting artist
to provide a demonstration.
The young man. who require? at
least an hour every morning before
considering himself properly' groom
ed for the day. dressed with a ?peed
he did not know he posse?sed. Seis
ing hi? hat in one hand and his In
strument in the other, he dashed
breakfsstles? into the street and -
hailed the first taxi He managed to
reach Aeolian Hall ju?t two minute?
before the Qu??-n arrived aocompan
ie<l by the Prince?.? de Cbima*,. the
Prince dr <*roix, <,en?-ral liaron
Jacques, and Lieutenant ?.'?.rlopel Wotf.
For an hour the "celli?t. who ?? a?a?
an a??, ?.niplisl.ed pianist. pla>?-d to'
bis own accompaniment ?.n the rec?rd?
all the pieces m hi? cell?? repertoire
for which h* has made record? of
piano accompaniment? These im !ud
ed Saint-Saen ? "The Swan." Boell
man'? Variation Sy niphomque? and
Popper's "Arlequin." Her majesty ex
preased great pleasure at thi? ef
fective combination of the artist in
propria persona, and his playing a?
caught by the records. Herself a
violinist, ?he asked M. Ilamboi? to
make some r?*cord? of aceompan!
mente for some of the composition?
she is fond of playing, and ?ugge?t
ed that he bring these with him when
he return? to Belgium in the spring
There have been request? as to
whether any Patjj record? may be*
purchased. It has been answered in
, f*?* aff rmftrre PhiKp Hele tn th?"
Vi ? ? Id \Vm|i;iti.' clumn of the Bi.?
t. ? Herald, '.?? I.?.' fioln a London
j< urnal. tell? ua ihst liiere a . rec
ords tha; will n ? be heard until the
y.ar _::(>:
?*t?t?>,j_ad away ?n a fireproof vault
?Under Ch*t**t*atjiJ> Opere Houae are r~*
,"4>rd? <?f four ???? - ??>*?* by A<Vellna
Patti in 11*??? Th? ?e w.re pr*?*?**ni*4
b> Alfratf ?.'lark, ? >g?'iher vuh *r***o?
??rd? ex ?arii I ed b> Tamagn. ?"aruso,
? Melba, and other famous ?..p?*ra ?ing*
tr?
When making th? ??.?: Mr .-iaHit
rtlpulated that t >,? r ?? ?<??<?. ?hculd ba
rare-full y ??--cured and ?h?.\nd 'i-mtMl
unused until the year 2607. la ord.r
that music lovers of the twer > ' rtM
century way enjey the opportuni!* of
hearing ?ome ?.f the best vote?*1* of by
gone day? and ronspare them with
those of tbelr own time. The Fr-etseh
ministry of fine srt* willinsl* un
dertook to abide by thaae conditions **
All a?-*?? rltlaea? ?kosM be ?*?*tl?ety
l<sra?in.d witk Ik? afTalr-a af lb.
lesiaaissll- ia ?kVk tm-y live. Aotm
r*?r rtlls<rs-_' aaaarlailn i?4..
NO MONEY DOWN!
w.WiiMv,, Columbia Grafonolas
Any ot lhcse -
To your home without any deposit?providin**? you make a C\SH purchase of Records (your
own selection) amounting to 10 per cent of the price of the machine.
The Above Machine? $125
This $125.00 Machine Delivered
Upon the Purchaee of $12-0
Worth of Record?
Thi? $79.75 Outfit. $65
A ?ix-?-?1 (.?_??4a fa??ia?
Ik at will me erllverra ?? your
? ????? the pai re-h ???x? ot SOJAS w?rth
?f rrrmrSe jmmr ??? **-l*-rttem.
The ?Above Machine. $100
Thia $1H W achine IMi-?-?*??
l pon the Parchan? of ?19.99
Worth of Re?rt?rda.
We have a foil assortment of Grafonolas
on hand NOW. We warn you to boy at once,
5.?- they will be i-carce thi?? year?same as in
year? past.
The Columbia Graf on?ila bring**? the beet
music of the world?opera, bailad, popolar
??on-*??, instrument?1 and band -*el??ctao?> aad
compelling dance music.
Join the
Record Club
B u y $10.00
worth of Kot -
ords. Pay $2.'*0
down; balance
$2.00 monthly.
THC STORE Of GREAT** SERVKi
420-430 Seventh StefThi
to 9th St.
VocaBom
Vie hare a
full a>.?ort_**nt
sind ran -supply
your vanta in
the*?
Another Bit of Evidence
OF THE SUPERIORITY OF THE
(Tfytckertnoi
PIANO
"MAYTIME"
? produced some of the most pleasing
song hits of the day. These have been
played tor the
?6??_
rkratt
cv
AMP1CO
Reproducing Piano
-andyou are in
vited to hear
these beautiful
numbers in our
Ampico Studios
a n'y time you
choose.
Baltimore, Md.,
Nov. 25, 1919
Arthur Jordan Piano. Co.,
Washington, ?. C.
Having been informed that you
are the leading piano house in
Washington. I am wiring you to
place in my suite at the Hotel Wash
ington a Chickering Piano (Interna
tional Pitch) for my use during my
engagement with "Maytime" at
Poll's Theater, beginning Novem
ber 30.
CAROLYN THOMSON'.
Carolyn Thomson,
in "MAYTIME"
POLI'S, Nov. 30, 1919.
Open Evenings
Until 9 P. M.
Arthur Jordan Piano Co.
13th ar.d G Sts. N. \V. Homer L. K.tt, Secretary and Trea;

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