The Streamlet. Song

Mary Anne Stodart, King Hall, Agnes Strickland
1872 The Musical Times and Singing Class Circular  
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more » ... aints of organists seem to be-"We Chanson I §tdtenne; pour Piano. don't get money enough," and " We don't get consideration L'Invttation a la Polona?>se * pour Piano enough ;" and then they attack the clergy. I am reminded SaZtarelte * pour Piano. of the indorsement of a brief-" No case; abuse the plaintiff's Les Cuirassters de Reischof en * pour Piano. attorney." Par E. Kowalski. With regard to consideration-I firmly believe that if a TEESE are unquestionably the best pieces by this com-man throws his whole soul into his work, and shows that he poser which have yet come before us. We do not say that 1S really workmg for God and not for pay, he W111 in almost Herr Kowalski has displayed any remarkable vein of origi-every instance, receive all the consideration from the clergy nality, but there is a freedom about his writing which thathemayrequlre; but 1f he takes no interest as a churchdeserves recognition. The " Ghanson Indienne } in E man in his duties, but simply sells his time to God at so minor, with an obstinate pedal bass, has decided character much per hour as a matter of business, what possible claim, whether that character be Indian or not * and pianists provided. that his stipend is regularly paid, and he is treated capable of drawing beauty from its simple monotony will wlth clvllity, he can have to the especial consideration of find it a pleasing little sketch for performance. The se'cond the clergy, I am at a loss to conceive. piece is a graceful Polonaise, which for the sake Of With regard tostipends-If men of experience wouldeni-English players, we are sorry is not published with English formly decline inadequately remunerated posts, terms would fingering. The passages are extremely elegant * and apart gradually be forced up, for congregations wilI measure from its intrinsic attraction, it may be recommended as an ablllty by the sum they have to paby for the exercise of it; excellent exercise for the cultivation of the delicacies of but. if, on the other hand, we voluntarily undertake certan touch. The " Saltarelle " moves somewhat too much in dUtles for a certain sum, be it large or sraall, we ought not, UT interrupted triplets to justify its title-in this respect as a correspondent has justly observed, to grumble at *1lmore fulfilling the requirements of the Neapolitan " Taran-filllng tllem for that sumv telle "-but the theme is lively, and a good efEect is gained The parslmony of congregatlons necessliatmg economy on by the accompaniment of five quavers against the two the part.of churchwardens is, I believe, a greater hindrance divIsiolls in the melody-the left hand (which has the to organlstS obtaining fair stipends, than the non-recognition unequal group of quavers) beingwritten in two-four and of the lmportance of their work bythe clergy; and churchthe right hand in six-eight, rhythm. ( Les Cuirassiers de wardens themselves often bid for re-election by paring Reischoffen " is a dashing and brilliant piece in C: minor down the cost of the services to the lowest possible slltn. which will repay the practice it demands. The themes are' Orgaunists no doubt should be fullypaid, but not according animated; and (if we except the somewhat tiresome chr<)-to the occasional concert scale; for an organist's work cannot matic succession of si {ths) highly effective throughout. be fairly looked upon as equivalent to " public playing," or as performed " for the benefit of the congregation," but for the honour and glory of God * and the moment an esorbitant DUFF AND STEWT. charge is made or wished for, God is honoured no longer.
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