WE print this week an article on Music at Harvard that expresses a feeling quite common (as we are well aware) among us here, - that the Glee Club would do well to confine itself to singing college songs, and that it should not attempt anything so difficult as a real part-song, or glee. We think it is about time that a few words should be said in defence of the Glee Club, inasmuch as that body has lately been the subject of much unjust criticism, both in and out of print. We entirely dissent from opinions expressed by the author of "More Music at Harvard," and publish the article merely because it presents the stock criticisms in a form convenient to answer. Were we ever so credulous, we could not be brought to believe that such glees as the writer mentions are too difficult for men with any knowledge of music and with fair voices, and much less can we believe that they are too difficult for our Glee Club. If "W" had lately heard the Glee Club sing, he would have recognized the fact that their music is hardly open to the charge of being too difficult; many of the College songs he would like sung are certainly much harder to master. There is no reason why we should not hear a few college songs from the Glee Club, but there is every reason why the Club should not devote itself exclusively to that kind of music. The members of the Club are chosen from among those with good voices and with good musical ability. There would be no fitness in their giving their attention to music that needs neither of these qualifications for its entirely successful performance. As to whether the outside world craves for "real college songs" when it comes to a Glee Club concert, we think this a matter open to serious doubt. Of course there are always a few people of depraved tastes in any assembly whatever, but of these we need take no account, especially in such an audience as a concert of the Glee Club would be sure to draw to Sanders Theatre.
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