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1902. Excerpt: ... III. When the musical composer from the travail
of his teeming soul, gives birth to the grand oratorio, or
symphony, he breaks up, or separates his glowing bouquet of
toneflowers into scattered bits of harmony, placing a full rich
blossom here, a bud or graceful tendril of tone there, all and each
to be re-combined with charming grace and sweetness into that
majestic creation which haunted and entranced his soul. A multitude
of musical staffs are necessary to produce the united grand effect.
To one performer in his orchestra, airy semi-quavers and grace
notes are given, to pick out on vibrant string, another musician
receives only an occasional full sustained note, to swell, and rise
and fall, as his own breath shall will. Still another's part is to
remain silent (as those mortals do whose service is to stand and
wait) through long periods of rest, while the lighter melodies
reveal their sweeter delicacy, and thus lend the charm of contrast
and cumulative effect to the triumphant crescendo of the full-toned
wave of Harmony's flood-tide. The separate bits of this combined
score would be quite uninteresting, even unmusical, if given alone.
In union there is melody, as well as strength. This is typical of
the solidarity of life, the absolute necessity of a universal love
and brotherhood, to rightly comprehend and interpret the divine
melodies in our song of life. Our symphony cannot be rendered
alone, as a solitary tone. Human types of character should not be
too rigidly individual. Sharp corners should be lopped off, here
and there, to lend an easier modulation to the general harmony. The
Infinite Conductor who wields His baton of beneficent Law, to the
key-note of Love, over His human orchestra, entrusts only a small
bit of His majestic score of life to ea...
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