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UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF WALES.I

DR. PARRY'S SCHOOL OF MUSIC.

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DR. PARRY'S SCHOOL OF MUSIC. On Friday evening, the 10th inst., a meeting was held in the Assembly Rooms, to inaugurate the school of music now being established by Dr. Parry, Professor of Music at the College. The meeting was well attended by the leading towns- people, as well as by the Principal and Professors of the College, the chair being occupied by the Mayor. After a few con,plimeiitary words by the chairman, Dr Parry snid Mr Mayor, ladies and gentlemen —This day meets myself and students with a great change. For five years we pursued our studies within the walls ot the college, ai d under the auspices and support of the council of that struggling institution btit, to-day we resume our stud:<s, uri'oitunately, outside and tipart from that institution, the Miccefs of which we always bnd, and shall have at heart. We may justly state that our nation is peculiar, for two things. Firstly, peculiar in its love and talent for music and secondly, peculiar in its want of cultivation and development. No one will deny the former, and of the latter we have but to bear in mind the sad proof that we have as yet produced but very few great artistes as vocalists, instrumentalists, con- ductors, or composers, und that simply for the want ot proper training. The influence of music is becoming more deeply felt and more universally ap- preciated, in the contert room and the family circle, and as a most important part of our religious ser- vices. A thorough study of the principles of the art is essential for the peimnntnt success of the musician. The vocalist who has undergone a course of study in order to acquire a lairlmowledga of, and command over, his vocal organs, and of the various styles and seniiments, in order to be enabled to interpret fli,(.tually the composer's conceptions in the various forms of composition, such as the lecit, aria, &c., sure ly is, the truer artiste. The conductor also, whose position is an important one as a medium between the composer, the choir; and his audience, and he who has conceived and t'lt the li t hnietilities of vocalisation in its various resource" fur true cotourinn: also the fUPlbmental principles of composition in its many term", the treatment of suhject matter, and become versed in the characteristic style and spirit of pach composer, with some idea ot orchestration—surely will be better prepared to grasp more fully and prove a n ore faithful imerpretor of the composer's mean- ing. And she young composer who is naturally endowed with creative faculties, and is full ot poetic sentiments and passions, surely needs to become familiar with, and a master of, the many techni- calities of his art, and so discipline his powers in the student rules and the over varied resources ot harmony, counter-point, and fugue, together with composition in its many forms, and of the inex- haustible spere of instrumentation. So that after having thus completely mastered these mediums and means of expression, he may follow freely the natural bent of his genius. In this sense education would devolope the powers of each, and would at once produce writers in the many styles, as each composer would naturally bubble out his own characteristics. It should be borne in mind by the student that all musical celebrities were also great schedars in their respective branches. England, Italy, France, Germany, and America, through their many con- servatories and academies of music, have done noble work for our art by their facilities in offering high clnHH education, and their proper care and discipline of musical talent placed under their tuition, but the first institution of this kind is yet to come in our musical Wales. Owing to this lack of education in our country, and in consequence of our onesidedness in the art, we are fully deprived of orchestral music, for which thr great masters produced their noblest inspirations. We are also limited in the class of music we have at our concert rooms, and particularly so at our places «f public worship. Wales undoubtedly suffers from the want of more music teachers to form evening classes for reading music, also for harmony, counterpoint, fugue, and composition and to teach the rising generation the art of pianoforte playing and the various orchestral instruments, that we may labour towards the formation of a Welsh orchestra, with still more qualified and earnest young- men and women to take the important duty of sacred music in thesanctuary. I trust this will be our chief object and desire that each student will leave here a qualified and faithful pioneer of his art in his respective neighbourhood, and diffuse II knowledge of the principles of the art, and endeavour to widen the scope for music within the sanctuary, and to awaken our churches in Wales to utilise mora fully the high and noble effects of music in public worship. Let us hope that our meidest opening here to-day will be but the first step, and the germ of a future musieM college for Wales, for the highest culture of Welsh musical art, and that our Dumber of students will so in- cre ase ns to enable me before long to secure a staff of teachers to offer instruction in the various branches of musical, vocal, composition, the harp (our own national instrument), and orchestral in. struments in particular. With the intense love for the art iu Wales, I trust that my belief is not an ex- travagant one—thae such an institution for our nation is yet possible. (Applause). The meeting was also addressed by Mr A. J. Hughes, Hev Principal Edwards, Professor An<;us, Mr J. Gibson, Mr D. Jenkins, Mus. Bac., Rev W Evans, Rev Job Miles, and others. Several songs were rendered by Dr. Parry's students during the evening.

MACHYNLLETH.

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