Clipped From Statesville Record And Landmark
C. FEBRUARY an Feudists 9 Folk Lore Is Theme of New 1AR. STRING FIELD/' By Carl Crnnmer. Chapel Hill, N. C. — T.amai ra the radio. He won the Pulitzer prize and studied abroad. to *>*» McKcllar, Today he is back in the hills -of | nassue. Carolina, where he started, i : lore and song, themes of his } Every and which, he says, will fur-1 dcstrian.—Ohio nish the basis for a distinctive American music, arc the magnates. Here, utilizing folk songs already collected by departments of tlie Un.i- vcrsi^v of (North Carolina, ojrid by the Flaymakers, String/field, Pulitzer prize composer in 1928, has returned to his native mountain to produce his opera about moonshiners, fcudists and mountaineers. Twice expelled from preparatory school, String-field become a baseball player at Wake Forest and then a soldier on the Mexican" border ana in the World -war. The gourd fiddle and an old breakdown banjo, mountain instruments, were the first among numerous musical instruments he learned to play. Study of the flute took him fo New York masters. Recognition as a soloist and orchestra conductor followed. Appearances before glittering orchestra circles were a part of his lot' Tin Pan Alley beckoned, and he played for phonograph records and duce his two - act opera, "Th« Hioun- tain Song." , . The opera is based on tho famous Anderson clan. The gourd fiddle used in reproducing the mountaineer's songs, was seized in a raid on a still in Anderson's cove' Words of one of the solos, "Tho law is my enemy — it don't do nothing for to make a man—I hate the Jaw — because — the law ha;\? me," climaxed a famous moonshiner's trial' Stringftold's arize - winning suite, "From tho Southern Mountains,' 1 is based on folk loro. "Cripple CrecV," last movement of that suite, is based on an old song about Cripple Ocek at Ashcvillc and was inspired by the old break-down banjo which the com- LAYING h.nvc but over getting see your This musician who denies that J representatively American, deciar- "«/ ffY "unstabilizcd," also looks upon in- vi »».<*.;» ill* "i,»«iv»111rtl.f QV*f *• Ovtrl *\!n- I •• dian music as "unimportant" and Negro music as a copy and distortion of j Anglo - Saxon themes, athough ho I has used both in his compositions. 1 Brahms, Beothoven, Wagner,' Strauss, Grieg, all took folk lore of their country for tljpir masterpieces, and String-field says American corn- posters, too, must find in their own folk songs the inspiration for a distinctive American music. The mountaineer - composer, Individualistic in his dress, usually wears blue denim overalls, white shirt and j black sweater or a black velvet smoking- jacket, oxfords and spats, if the weather is cold.