Music history as it was seen and recorded long ago.


The Story of the Minuet

By Edward Baxter Perry This ancient, dignified, and stately dance is supposed by many to have originated in England, in fact is often spoken of as an “old English dance,” because it was much...


A Trip to the Shrine of Beethoven Part II

By Richard Wagner The Englishman, who always watched my attempt with excited attention from his window, had at last received positive information that Beethoven was really not to be approached. He was thoroughly vexed,...


Who Was the First Virtuoso Conductor

By W. J. Henderson Who was the first virtuoso conductor and why? It is not at all likely that either of these questions can be answered satisfactorily. The virtuoso, or, as he is sometimes...


Anton Dvorak as a Teacher in the Classroom

By Ludmila Vojackova-Wetche (Dvorak Student) The composition class at the Prague Conservatory lasted about three hours. It was divided into two parts by a recess of from five to ten minutes. During these recesses...


The Potency of Berlioz in Modern Music

Ernest Newman When Berlioz reflected, as he must often have done in bitterness of spirit, that he suffered contemporary neglect precisely because he was too great, too new, for his own generation, he may...