Etude Volume 14, No. 8

Etude Volume 14, No. 8

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...of the musical art. How can it be expected that such people will progress beyond a certain limit? Is it any wonder that we have so few enthusiastic musicians in America compared to the number who follow it for a livelihood? To indolence and indifference can be traced most of the failures in art, business, and trade. The test of merit, fitness, and ability is adhesiveness, and where there is a lack of this faculty it may safely be assumed that there is a prevalence of indolence. The musician who persistently follows the study of his art, giving due deliberation to every little detail, however unimportant it may seem, is the one who will surely rise at the head and will some day be called a genius. Indolence and indifference interfere with growth more than anything else. They keep ambition at the lowest round of the ladder and impede the progress of true development. The Greeks used to say, that if one thinks of strength he is strong. If this is true, then it must be that most are not doing much thinking toward higher progress, for they are no stronger than they were last year. Think of your highest ideal, and it will get you into the right habit of thinking, but don't dream too much, for most dreamers are indolent and impractical. Let us turn to our little text again. Ah, we have it! We must make ourselves perform those little duties which are so distasteful, but which are so essential to our growth, namely, conscientious study and faithful practice. Of course we would much prefer to while away the time at something else, but what we desire to do should not take precedence over what we ought to do. We can become heroic if we but put our mind to the task, and thus gain a fitting reward for being faithful toward our art. We need to be...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236877381
  • 9781236877383