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SCHUBERT AND BEETHOVEN LECTURE BY DEU JOSEPBl PARRY. Dr. Joseph Parry delivered the third of hie series of musical lectures a.t the University College, Cardiff, this week, when Mr. T. H. Riches presided. The doctor took for his subject the two masters, Schubert and Beet- hoven. Dealing with the former, he sketched the iife of the schoolmaster's eon, from his birth in 1791 down to his death at the early age of 31 Schubert stood upon the highest pinnacle as the world's greatest sang composer. At eleven he had developed a lovely soprano voice, and was studying the violin. By his seventeenth year he had composed considerably, and at tweity went to Vienna, where Beethoven lived. The lecturer foroibly pointed out that Schubert was a master hand at infusing mean- ing imto tho accompaniment. He never heard amy of his own orchestral creations, and so poor was he that he left only about £6 worth of clothes, which were sold to pay the funeral expenses. Speaking in refesance to Schubert's devotion to his art, solely from the love of it, Dr. Parry said it was still doubtful whether ail our leaders of eduoation were ful'ly alive to the high and noble aim of musical art in its nrany branches, yet he should fail in his duty did he not tender great praise to the various odfcajtiomal bodies in South Wales for their warm recognition of their efforts to further musical study in their technical, higher grade, and intermediate schools. He referred to the advantage of the musical scholarships which the Cardiff and county technical schools com- mittees are now awarding; yet the educational soalo would nob have vet reached its ootave •until each of tJhe university colleges of Wales had affiliated with them a umivererity school of musio, with a representative board of examiners for the 'holding of annual musical examinations. It was time that Wales held musical examina- tions on her own account. That wouHd give them a heilthy impetus and set a high tone. Some illustrations of the Schubert and Beet- hoven music were then given by scholars and pupils. Eight-hand pianoforte selections on two instruments were rendered by (1) Mr. Setter. the Misses Puckers, Davies, and Hughes, and (2) Mir. Setter and the Mhsses Duckers and Newbury. The chorus, "Village Maidens." was eung by the students, while Mr. T. S. Jones and Mliss Crowther contributed solos. Proceeding to Ludwig von Beethoven, born in 1770, the lecturer described him as the very highest development of the forms and styles of the past, and said he was the pionwr of the present and the future. He had carried chamber muffle of the sonaffca and string quartette, and also of symphonic music, to their utmost limits. His overtures were tragic poems, and his sym- phonies were, indeed, living dreams. Throughout his whole career there was a constant growth in all forms, phrases, and styles. Beethoven had extended the technique, of the pianoforte and all orchestral instruments. Dr. Parry illustrated his observations by a reference to the various works of the srreat composer, and at the conclusion musical illustrations were given by some of his pupils.

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