Mr. F. H. Cowen's "Ruth"
The Musical Times and Singing Class Circular
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... AUGUST I, I887. THE MUSICAL TIMES. AUGUST I, I887. 460 460 both activity and progress, and help to promote the belief in the future of English music. The suburban Choral Societies, such as the Borough of Hackney Choral Association and the Highbury Philharmonic, have been doing good and useful work. The Concerts of the Westminster Choral Society, the St. Georae's Glee Union, the glee clubs and choral associations svhich are springing up on every side, all testify to musical activity. Music, at the ceremonial at the laying of the foundation-stone of the Imperial Institute by the Queen, occupied a prominent part of the day's proceedings. Music also formed a special feature at the opening of the People's Palace at Mile End by the Queen. But while every other art and science was represented on the Committee or Council of the new Imperial Institute, music seemed to be altogether passed over in the selection of delegates. There was also much newspaper talk about Jubilee honours for musicians. Here again expectations were not realised. Perhaps the day is not far distant when the world will hear of the establishment of an English Legion of Honour especially formed to recognise merit in music, the pictorial arts, literature, and science, and restricted in its operations to those who have earned distinction by their labours in either cause. Time will show. England has demonstrated her claim to be considered a musical nation, despite all that is said to the contrary. English musicians have made themselves honourable. Is it not yet time that thet should take brevet rank ? The record of the deeds and hopes of the year has always a melancholy passage. The hand of death is always to be traced in the writing of the pages. Among the names of those who were once active in the promotion of the art of music in its various forms, and with whom time is no more since our last summary, are Mr. Frank Chappell, the head of the f rm of Metzler and Co.; Charles Frye, assistant Organist at King's College; Edouard de Paris, a famous pianist, in his last days resident in Brighton; Lord Gerald Fitzgerald, once a prominent member of the famous amateur band, the Wandering Minstrels, and a scion of a family noted for its love of music for many generations; Dr. Chipp, Organist of Ely Cathedral; John Bacon Welch, teacher of singing at the Guildhall Schoul of Music Lindsay Sloper, teacher of the piano at the same place; Frederic Lablache * Edward Hecht, of Manchester; James Broughton, formerly Chorus Master of the Leeds Festivals; Robert Cocks, the publisher; Thomas Julian Adams, of Eastbourne, a well-known Conductor; Joseph Philip Knight, the composer of "She wore a wreath of roses" and other popular songs; and, among many others whose names cannot be specified, Franz Liszt. His visit to England was the last joy of a busy, active, and valuable life. Few of those who enjoyed the privilege of seeing and hearing the great master during his visit thought that they were looking upon his face for the last time. As he took leave of his English friends, he spoke with hopefulness of his intended return visit in the followving year. His hope was not realised for when the time came the spring flowers were blooming on his grave. The memory of Joseph Maas, one who was loved as a man and admired as an artist, has been perpetuated by a beautiful monument erected in Hampstead Cemetery, and his name is preserved through the medium of the scholarship which has been f'ounded out of the surplus funds collected for the monument. The memory of many of those who have " joined the majority " will be kept green for the good they have wrought in their lives, and for the lesson their actions give to those who are left behind. * t2_B " >