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DR, JOSEPH PARRY. The Welsh Musician Pays a Visit to Mahoning. The "Montour American" of September 20 devotes nearly a column to a description of Dr. Joseph Parry's visit to Mahoning and his lec- ture on music a.t the Presbyterian Chruch in that place on the previous Thursday evening. "This testimonial lecture aud concert," says our Yankee contemporary, "were given in compliance with a request that had been made by a. petition signed by many of our leading citizens asking Dr. Parry that, before his de- parture for home, he should give the people of our town an opportunity to publicly ex- press their appreciation of his ability and the success he had attained in the musical world, and to compliment him upon the honours that have been awarded to him during the past few years. The evening was pleasant and the diuroh well tilled with an intelligent and appre- ciative audience. "Dr. Parry rendered a selection entitled, Make New Friends but Keep the Old,' the musio and words of whir,h were composed and written by himself. The doctor's voice is a baritone, of great volume, splendidly culti- vated aud under perfect control. The words w«r# appropriate and most suitable, aud ware sung in a. sympathetic and expressive manner. During the singing of this piece the doctor accompanied himself upon the piaro, as he also played the aoeonipuniment for the others who sang. '1 he lecture was divided into two parts, the first of which was entitled, 'History, Forms, Styles, and Masters of Music,' and was delivered immediately following the sing- ing of his solo above mentioned. "He followed the subject closely and intel- ligently. Goiug back before the birth of Christ, he spoke of the origin of music and the advancement it had made as it came down to through the ages, and of the perfection it had reached in the closing days of the nineteenth century. lie scon convinced his audience that as a, careful musical student 11(0 had a thorough acquaintance with the history, forms, and styles of music, and in beautiful language depicted its progress and the elevating and re- fining influence it has had upon the oivili-a- tions of the world, and when ne tcuclied upon the masters of music he forcibly impressed hit* hearers with the fact that his knowledge of men was as great as was his information of their works, and in rapid succession gave the names, dates, and productions of the great masters of the put, as well as those of modern times. "The second part of his lecture was entitled 'The Musio aud the Musicians of Wales.' Here, too, he demonstrated that he was upon familiar ground, and was thoroughly in touch and sympathy with the men and music- of Ins native country. He carried us back to the time of the Druids, who figured so conspicuously ,.o in Welsh history during the first century, spoke of the massacre of a thousand of them at one time by the Romans at Anglesey, but that it did not decrease their ardour or love for the Welsh airs, and so great was this love and devo- tion to this art. crude as it was, that even Edward, King of all England, found it was absolutely necessary to exterminate all the bards before he oould subjugate Wales. Though he drove away the workmen, the work went on, for such an impression had been made upon the minds and hearts of those who had heard this music and had so permeated the great heart of Wales that their manners and customs were influenced by it, and in new songs and national airs there broke forth continually the pent up melody which in more recent years has placed Wales and the Welsh race in the fore- front of the composers and singers of the world. Poor in worldly things they were yet rich in culture and song; wherever they have gone or wherever they are, at home or abroad, they carry with them the love of music in all its forms, and the unbiassed thinker must' admit that no people or country has contri- buted more to promote singing by the masses than the Welsh, and this is particularly true of congregational singing."

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