Mr. T. M. Osborne gave the second of his lectures on Modern Music last night, his special subject being "Schubert and the Song." The substance of the lecture was as follows:
The essentials of music are three in number--melody, rhythm and harmony--having their effect upon the ear, the emotions, and the intellect. Music is also of three distinct kinds, which represent a gradual development,--first, pure music, expressing no thought, simple in its intrinsic beauty; second, "programme" music, supposed to represent or to imitate real life; and third, dramatic music, which is the accompaniment of poetry. Beethoven's music exemplified the first kind, but failed in the second, the "programme" music. It remained for Schubert to immortalize dramatic music in the song. His ability to set any verse to music was remarkable, and his general productiveness during the fifteen years that cover the period of his compositions is almost unexcelled.
Mr. Osborne closed with a short account of Schubert's life.
During the course of the lecture Mr. J. M. Horner, a baritone soloist, sang the following of Schubert's songs: 1. "Solitude." 2. (a)"The Warrior's Forbodings," (b)"The Wanderer's Night Song." 3. (a) "The Young Nun," (b) "The Post."