By Ernest MacMillan, Carl Morey
As well as his actions as conductor, administrator, educator, composer, and organist, Sir Ernest MacMillan (1893-1973) stumbled on time to write down a couple of hundred essays and lectures on tune. continuously able to use his huge, immense status to extra the reasons of track, MacMillan took each chance to admonish Canadians to increase our personal composers, to honour our personal performers, to teach our youngsters musically, and to supply possibilities for all to listen to, find out about, and luxuriate in nice track. this option of twenty essays and lectures covers the interval from 1928 to 1964, and levels over the gamut of MacMillan's existence and pursuits: the reason for the Canadian composer; track schooling for adults in addition to little ones; severe stories; his early years as an organist; internment in a German criminal camp throughout the First international warfare; Shakespeare and song; church track; and the lighter aspect in funny send-ups of educational lectures on Bach and Wagner. here's a landscape of song over thirty-five years at mid-century, throughout the eyes of 1 of Canada's such a lot exceptional and all-embracing musicians.
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Dobell, 1899; reprinted New York: Vienna House, 1974). 58 • MacMillan on Music came to its senses, could think differently from him.... His faith in his own philosophical ideas, his belief in their importance for the regeneration of the universe, would surely be grotesque if it were not so pathetic. His purely musical gift, which has never been equalled among men, he seemed to lay comparatively little stress upon; while he constantly troubled himself, his correspondents, his readers, and his hearers with speculations in philosophy and other subjects for which he had only the most mediocre capacity.
S. Vogt (1861-1926) held important posts that MacMillan himself would later assume: Principal of the Toronto (Royal) Conservatory of Music, 1913-1926; Dean of the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, 1918-1926; founder (1894) and first conductor of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Man and Music • 35 of some works I included in church services several years later when, having just turned fifteen, I was installed as organist and choirmaster of Knox Church. However, from the first I learned some discrimination — due in no small degree to the influence of my father — and, in the end, the good drove out the bad.
Vogt himself was an organist and the Mendelssohn Choir was partly an outgrowth of his choir at Jarvis Street Baptist Church. At the period I have reached in my narrative, the Mendelssohn Choir was associated with the Chicago Orchestra under Frederick Stock; their annual festivals — the core of Toronto's musical season — were a great inspiration to musiclovers. Having enjoyed regular orchestral fare in Edinburgh and London I felt rather starved for it; although Frank Welsman10 was already building up the Toronto Symphony into a praiseworthy body, and its concerts featured guest artists of international fame, it could not hope to rival the standards of visiting American orchestras.