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THE MUSIC BOX

By L. C. Holvik

More, perhaps, than any other group of musicians, singers are guilty of catering to popular taste. The reason is obvious, for a song with its text is considerably less abstract and has a great deal more mass appeal than an instrumental work. It is rather hard for the average singer to resist the temptation to sing down to a public. Very rarely does one find a singer who will announce a program which does not-contain at least one group designed to attract a crowd.

Boston has in Isabel French an artist completely devoted to the task of singing only the music which she considers great and worthy of a hearing. She has announced a program for Thursday evening in Jordan Hall which makes no concession to popular taste.

The first group contains works by Bach, Mozart, and Handel. The Mozart song, an aria from La Clemeza de Tito, will be done with a clarinet obligato. The middle groups consists of the Schumann song-cycle. Frauenlibe und Leben. A group of modern French songs will complete the program.

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