Memoir of Sir Robert P. Stewart; Kt., Mus. Doc., Professor of Music in the University of Dublin (1862-94)

Memoir of Sir Robert P. Stewart; Kt., Mus. Doc., Professor of Music in the University of Dublin (1862-94)

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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. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ... up from the status of craftsmen to that of artists and litterateurs. " ' Let me give you a few memoranda. "'As a reward for a certain amount of energy and labour in the office of Conductor of our University Choral Society which I had displayed (or which, at least, my friends believed I had), I was offered the degrees of Mus.B. and Mus.D. by accumulation, if I would write the required exercises, all other expenses, fees, robes, &c., being guaranteed me. Of course I was much complimented, and I set to work and wrote an exercise for each. This occurred in 185 I. The scores (full) were politely returned to me by the then Professor (Dr. J. Smith) when (as I was bound to) I submitted them to his judgment. "'Dr. Smith died in 1861, and I, who had been organist to the College (we have only one big College, Trinity), since 1844, was appointed Professor of Music in the University in Smith's room in 1862. Now, when taking steps to obtain the degrees, I may tell you I expected to be examined in Greek, Latin, and mathematics, and having been (unlike most of the musicians of that date) well educated, I was ready. But I found there was no Literary Examz'naz'z'on; the matriculation I found to be merely a form and the paying of fees! This seemed to me such a degradation of the Musical Faculty that I resolved, on my becoming Professor, to apply to the 'Board' (our name for the Council of Dons) to add a Literary Examination, without Euclid or Greek, but very similar to the ordinary entrance in other respects; to consist of Latin (as the foundation of all), and a fair knowledge of the music of Beethoven, I-Iaydn, and Mozart; one modern language--French, German, or Italian, or (if Latin is...show more

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  • Paperback | 98 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 191g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236882571
  • 9781236882578