HORACE VINCENT (Tenor)
THE GERSHOM PARKINGTON
ALTHOUGH Emil Sjogren was an ardent Scandinavian, his music is not so obviously of the Norse-land as Grieg's. Like his older fellow-countryman, he studied a good deal in Germany and toured as a performer in more than one country of Europe. And the influence of these experiences can be traced in his work much more than it can in Grieg's. For many years he was the organist of the St. John's Church in Stockholm, and enjoyed the reputation of being one of the foremost performers in his native country. He is best known by three fine sonatas for violin and pianoforte, but ho wrote besides a great many smaller pieces with the same finely lyrical qualities as we know in Grieg's, and many melodious songs.
THE Opera Don César de Bazan was one of the feats of speed in the history of music. The libretto was originally entrusted to someone else to compose, but he had to withdraw, and only four weeks were left before the production when it was handed to Massenet. He completed it in time and the piece was duly produced. The story is much the same as that of our English Maritana.
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