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1LITERARY NOTES. - _____

BANGOR SCHOOL BOARD,

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR.

FUNERAL OF DR.JOSEPH PARRY.

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FUNERAL OF DR.JOSEPH PARRY. The funeral of Dr Joseph Parry took place at Pen rth on Saturday, and was at- tended by sympathisers from all parts of the Principality. It was estimated that no fewer than 7000 people were present. The principal mourners were:—Mrs Joseph Parry (widow), Mrs E. W. Waite and Miss Dilys Parry (daughters), Mrs Haydn Parry and Mrs Mendelssohn Parry (daughters-in-law), Mr E. W. Waite, Barry (son-in-law); Alderman William Watkins, ex-mayor of Swansea (father of Mrs Mendelssohn Parry); and Mr C. Wil- liams, Tenby (brother of Mrs Haydn Parry). An impressive service was held at Christ Church, where Dr Parry had praved and sung and worshipped for many a long year. An eloquent address was delivered by- the IWv H. Elvet Lewis, Lon- don. INTERVIEW WITH SIR ALEXANDER MACKENZIE. A correspondent of the "Western Mail had an interview with Sir Alexander Mackenzie at the Royal Academy of Music. "I think his death a very great loss in- deed," said the principal. "There is no question as to the great abilities he pos- sessed, a fact I can emphasise not merely from having adjudicated with him at Eisr teddfodau or from having heard many of his compositions, but because for two years I was co-examiner with him in music at the Welsh University. His faculty for orchestral scoring was really remarkable. "You don't think his music suffered by reason of his early disadvantages in the way of general scholarship?" "I think not," said the principal, re- flectively. "I mean that what was natur- ally in him could not but come out. Pos-, sibly. it might have had the effect of cir- cumscribing his enthusiasm somewhat. Dr Parry's- want of restraint was rathei a national characteristic than a fault. It is the one point of all others that we are continually preaching. Here in England it is necessary to drive the quality of en- thusiasm into musicians, whereas it has to be, in a measure, driven out of the Welsh. So far as singers are concerned, the result of excessive emotional fervour is that they sing out of tune. Dr Parry," continued Sir Alexander, "was certainly a skilful artist, and although he was outside the current of musical progress down in Wales his knowledge was wholly up to date, whilst his ideals were certainly lofty. His achievements were in many way:, wonder- ful."

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