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Current Number an Appropriate Beginning for Second Year.

By W. C. Heilman.

To those interested in the musical life of the University it is a pleasure to welcome the October number of the Harvard Musical Review with which the Review begins its second year. Through devotion to its aims and ideals in the past year, it has not only justified its existence but has made a place for itself in the undergraduate life, and among many of the recent graduates and the friends of music.

The major article of the number is fittingly an appreciation of Verdi, whose centenary occurs this month and whose contributions to the opera only the passing of the years begins to estimate properly. In a thoughtful and convincing article on "The Musician and the University," Mr. Echmann discuses the advantages to musicians of every type of a university training, and makes some timely suggestions to students interested in the critical and scientific side of music concerning possible fields for research, a phase of the art much cultivated in foreign universities but receiving little attention here. It is good to hear more definite news of the work of Mr. Paul Allen '03, who has made Italy his home and recently had his opera. "The Philtro," performed at Genoa. The Italian critics were warm in their praise of Mr. Allen's gift for spontaneous melody and his handling of the orchestra. Mr. Atherton contributes a song of subtle phraseology, but lacking some-what his usual warmth and charm. News of other recent graduates, the editorials, a touching photograph of the old Verdi, and an unusual one of Regen, who seems, in view of the Bach-Regen festival this summer, already to have joined the three B's, also two interesting book reviews complete the number.

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