first, because know contributed vocabulary. cred- FEUDISTS' FOLK LORE IS THEME FOR NEW OPERA letter I By Carl Cranmer (By Associated Press) Chapel 1)111, N .C., Feb. 23. -La- . , ,, t,,m , . mar Striugfield, Pulitzer prize win- nlng compose.' iÂ« 1928, has to his native Â»ioui,tai,u, to produce! ut moo - hia opera about moonshiners, feudists and mountaineers. Twice expelled from preparatory school, gtrlngfield became a baseball I player at Wake Forest and then a soldier on tlie Mexican border and tho World war. The gourd fiddle and an old breakdown banjo, mountain instruments, were tho lirst among numerous ccl instruments lie learned to play. Sliuly o! the flute took him to the of, ami played job York masters. Recognition as a soloist chestra conductor followed. Appearances before glittering orchestra circles were a part ot hl s lot. . 1 H. and or expecting Tin Pan Alley beckoned, and he for phonograph records and io. He won the Pultzer prize and studied abroad. Today he is back in the hills of North Carolina, where he .started. Folk lore and song, llienics of his music unit which, he says, will iur- the basis fnr a distinctive Amcr-' delayed long (Carolina Playmakers, an-UÂ«ui music, are the magnates.. citizens. I Here, utilizing folk songs to de- collected by departments of of postal em- vorslty of North Stringfield ic and pro- j m. ~, I **Â· Â· hadl'1-ce his two-act opera, "The jtld field|taiii Song." .Â£ B 40 4-Special improvemen: no' The opera is based on the famous clan The gourd fiddle ',,_ B ; 303 _ Del1nin the used in reproducing the ex- jeer's songs, was seized in a a still In Anderson's Cove, of one of the solos, "The is my enemy--it don't do noth- for to make a man--I hate byj'aw--because--the law hates me,"j m j n t o( ' i climaxed a famous moonshiner's trial. Stringfleld's prize-winning suite, "Prom the Southern Mountains," Ii. based on folk lore. ''Cripple of last movement of the suit, Is on an old song about Cripple creek MUiiuui tun 11 uv,in. Aslwille and was inspired by the H B old breakdown banjo which the olil ,o was! poser plays. H B 2Â«--L This musician, who denies that ,,,,,:,! jazz is representatively American, clarlng it "nnsiabllizcd," also looks ur i,ig upon Indian music as "unimportifnt" 1 and Negro music as a copy and distortion of Anglo.-Saxon themes, al- " ugh he has used both in his com a positions. . Beethoven, Wagner, Strauss, Grieg, all took folk lore ol So ! their country for-, their much [and Stringfield says American (posera, too, muat find In their own folk songs the Insplraton for a dls- N T E tinctive American music. H. B. The mountaineer-composer, indii- vldualistic in his dress,.usually blue denim overalls, white - shirt black sweater--or a black velvei'i smoking jacket, oxfords and spats, if the weather is cold.