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Stories of Great Musicians by Kathrine Lois Scobey

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STORIES OF GREAT MUSICIANS

BY KATHRINE LOIS SCOBEY AND OLIVE BROWN HORNE

AMERICAN BOOK COMPANY NEW YORK CINCINNATI CHICAGO

COPYRIGHT, 1905, BY KATHRINE LOIS SCOBEY AND OLIVE BROWN HORNE.

ENTERED AT STATIONERS' HALL, LONDON.

GREAT MUSICIANS.

W. P. 22

PREFACE

That the purpose of the public schools is the training of children for a higher citizenship, a more extensive helpfulness in affairs pertaining to the common good, no one questions; but we need expect no manifestation of a greater integrity, unless lofty ideals are kept constantly before them. Neither painter nor sculptor can produce a greater expression of beauty than that which has been built up in his own consciousness; no individual can produce a greater expression of manhood or womanhood than that which he holds in his own mind. It is important, therefore, that a high standard be set for the children in our schools to day.

The question then arises as to how this result may be attained. Educators agree that the study of biography is a potent factor in the achievement of this end. A new field for biographical study is found in the lives of the great musicians, who furnish many examples of untiring effort and persistent endeavor, for almost without exception their lives repeat the oft stated but none too often emphasized verity that success comes only to him who earns success.

We trust that this little volume may aid the many who are striving to enrich the thought concepts of the children under their care.

K. L. S. O. B. H.

CONTENTS

PAGE JOHN SEBASTIAN BACH 7

GEORGE FREDERICK HANDEL 17

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART 33

FRANCIS JOSEPH HAYDN 57

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN 71

FELIX MENDELSSOHN 93

FREDERICK CHOPIN 115

ROBERT SCHUMANN 133

FRANZ PETER SCHUBERT 149

RICHARD WAGNER 159

JOHN SEBASTIAN BACH

(1685 1750)

THE CHILD MUSICIAN

[Illustration: JOHN SEBASTIAN BACH]

Long ago, in a little German town, lived a jolly old miller. From morning till night he sang about his work, for he loved music dearly. He had learned to play upon the lute, which is an instrument with strings. The miller used to take his lute with him to his work. He was fond of playing while the merry clacking of the mill beat time for him.

This miller was the great great grandfather of John Sebastian Bach, who said of the miller, "The grinding of the corn and the music of the lute must have sounded merrily together."

John Sebastian Bach was born in Germany, as were most of our great composers. His father was a musician. All his uncles and cousins were musicians. His grandfather, too, was a musician. So it is not strange that the child wished to become one also, for he grew up among people who cared for little else besides music.

In his native village little John worked and played, went to school, and studied music much as other German children did. Here, too, he marched through the streets with his playmates, singing hymns. For centuries it had been the custom for the school children to sing in the streets.

John was left an orphan at the age of ten, and went to live with his eldest brother in a neighboring town. In his new home he continued his studies. Besides his school work, his brother gave him lessons on the piano. The brother, an organist, had a book in which he had copied many fine compositions. He kept it on a high shelf in a bookcase.

Little John had learned so rapidly under his brother's instruction that soon he could play almost as well as the organist himself. However, he was eager to know more about music... Continue reading book >>




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