Etude Volume 31, No. 4

Etude Volume 31, No. 4

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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. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ... to force him to their way of thinking or doing for real talent has the right to do everything as it is constrained to do, not as the teacher does, proiided that it rings true. Otherwise, he learns to understand cum grano salis. Where real talent exists, the teacher would do far better to let it follow its own blind instincts than to curb it with too tight a rein. True, it stumbles in the dark, but even so it is more often nearer the right direction than a wiser (?) head can direct it! FALSE PRAISE. But just as dangerous as too much effort on the part of the teacher is the false encouragement of family, relatives and friends, who can easily turn the heads of the really talented pupil so that his instinct becomes mere egotistical bombast. The failure then is extremely swift and final for the time being, if not for all time. Such misplaced praise is like the passionate ardor of a child who caresses the canary bird and smothers it. The s'udent's practicing in this case becomes erritic. ungoverned. totally useless. He attempts anything and everything; grows careless, conceited, and with his character spoiled may easily ruin what otherwise might have been very valuable talent and assured success. It is thus that our most loving and anxious assistants can become our worst enemies. There have been artists, and still rnay iriany such be found, who through over-conscientiousness arrive at a point where their own critical instinct forces them to abandon the work in hand and seek entirely new impulses. For this reason, painters leave half-finished canvasses, composers let fine ideas remain in "sketch" form, pianists and singers refuse to finish the working out of certain compositions or roles, and nothing can induce them to go further....show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236988086
  • 9781236988089