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The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California · 50

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Sunday, February 19, 1939
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12: SECTION D -k THE SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER; SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1939 Paul Hindemith Brings Fresh Air to Symphony Young Composer Will Be Guest Conductor Here This Week By Alexander Fried TT IS FORTUNATE alike for Paul Hindemith, the public J- and the San Francisco Symphony that Hindemith's music was so great a factor in the success here of the Ballet Russe "St, Francis." Thus the eminent young German composers path is smoothed as he approaches his guest engagement with the orchestra Friday afternoon and Saturday night at the Memorial Opera House. In his own "Concert Music" for Strings and Brass Opus 50 he will be guest conductor. And his noted art as a violist will be revealed in his "Schwanendreher," a concerto written four years ago for viola and orchestra (and named after one of its folk tunes, "The Swan-Cock"). . Hindemith has been an outstanding international music figure since his emergence onto the programs of European modernist festivals, when he was still in his middle twenties. His Musical Works Are Numerous Born near Frankfort in 1895, he studied first violin and viola, then composition. (Also he has become an adept at piano, clarinet and saxophone.) For a time he was a Frankfort Opera player and conductor. Later he toured as violist of the famous Amar String Quartet. His works, since he is extraordinarily fluent in composition, are numerous: Solos for viola, violin and cello; chamber orchestra works; one-act operas; an oratorio; string quartets; songs, piano pieces, and the recently celebrated big opera, "Mathis, the Painter." Qualities that have been detected in his music are energy, buoyancy, adventurousness, solemnity, humor. (One of his operas, "Back and Forth," has a libretto in which the action goes first one way and then is shown exactly in reverse.) Some of his work is called atonalist, some is called neo-classic. , Engagement Brings Fresh Air of Music To say he is atonalist is to, mean that he writes freely and disonnantly, with small concern for the old-school rules ot mellifluous key relations. To say he is neo-classic is to mean he cares little for lavish soaring rhapsodies and prefers patterns that are clean-cut, terse, intricate, active. Hindemith is in bad repute in Nazi Germany because he was always associated with liberal tendencies in art and in thought. Lately he has been commissioned by the Turkish Government to westernize musical ideas throughout Turkey. San Francisco has been slow to strike up acquaintance with Hindemith. Rare local programs have touched upon his quartets and his operas "News of the Day" and "Mathis." And now has come his "St. Francis." By bringing him here, the San Francisco Symphony again Is giving its audience a much-desired whiff of the fresh air of music of our own time. The program Friday and Saturday will contain also Beethoven's Eighth Symphony and Tschaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet," both led by Pierre Monteux. Tt Tit Book of the week Music is usually called the most spiritual of the arts. Yet in a sense it is the most physical. Music Has Physical Powers, Test Shows Look at the record: Dr. Edward Podolsky in an uncommonly interesting little volume called "The Doctor Prescribes Music" (New York: Stokes) records the following as some of the effects, proved by experiment, that music can have on its listeners: It increases metabolism; it increases or decreases muscular energy; it makes breathing faster and less regular; it affect-; blood volume, pulse and pressure; it influences sensory and glandular reactions. According to Dr. Podolsky, music can have even direct chemical effects. For instance, "A series of shrill sounds projected into a liquid media coagulated proteins, broke down ethyl acetate to produce acetic acid, cracked vegetable oils with generation of acetylene gas, and even to a slight extent changed starch to sugar." Doctor Prescribes 'Musical Medicine' Proceeding from such information, "The Doctor Prescribes Music ' gives examples of how music is being used nowadays to alleviate insanity, to stimulate morose patients and soothe nervous ones; to increase industrial output; to make soldiers march better; to drive away pain, either by distraction or by direct vibratory massage; to aid digestion, and so on. Podolsky's book is in some degree naive or frankly speculative. The author goes so far as to specify musical selections and what kind of effect they ought to have. One of his assertions, however, is strangely contradictory. He says that certain experiments "demonstrated in a spectacular way that without raising the temperature an egg can be soft-boiled in a few moments when subject to very shrill music,' If that is the case, why do a few moments of shrill music make music critics so hard-boiled? rK iH ;f: Sundries in the music news , Missing from the Monte Carlo Ballet Russe here was Tamara Toumanova, now star of a New York musical show. ... As symphony soloist March 3 and 4, Concertmaster Blinder will play the brilliant modern Prokofieff Concerto No. 1. . . . Paris recently heard a concert conducted by Issay Dobrowen. . . . Ruggiero Ricci, erstwhile San Bruno prodigy, will give a New York recital this week. Symphony authorities will trek over to Treasure Island tomorrow to see whether the 9,000-seat Coliseum can be used for the orchestra's six-week festival. ... A 3,000-seat hall will be unavailable at the needed time because it is pre-empted by the Schubert music revue. Monteux is to conduct the Standard Symphony for ten weeks starting in May. . . . When the "other" Ballet Russe comes back from Australia in May, Impresarios De Basil and Fortune Gallo would like to present it at the Exposition. ... Of eleven major orchestras that he has conducted in America, Efrcm Kurtz of the Monte Carlo Ballet Russe places the San Francisco Symphony among the first four along with Boston, Philadelphia and New York. A..., .r... . --. . .- ----- - .... ,ar Trudi Schoop's Comic Ballet On Tomorrow ALL HER REPERTORY of gay mimicry will be disclosed by Trudi Schoop and her Comic Ballet in a week's engagement, beginning tomorrow night at the Curran Theater. Visiting San Francisco for the fourth winter, Miss Schoop schedules "All For .Love" on Monday and Wednesday nights and Saturday matinee; "Blonde Marie" on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights, and "Fridolin" and "Current Events" on Thursday and next Sunday matinee. - ffi. ' 1 - v - v ff f . " inimi V $ -f f f i Si t frm f- I ( It ' 1 , f .' Dance Theater Repeats Its Program Today REPEATING ITS program of last night, the new local Dance Repertory Theater this afternoon at the Community Playhouse will present: "Ballet Class After Degas," with choreography of Beatrice and Curt Lewis; "Why Pierrot Is So Sad," with Michio Ito's choreo graphy and Jack Loughner's music; "Deirdre of the Sorrows," choreography and music by Lou Harrison, and "Emporium," with Lenore Peters Job's choreography and Jerome Herst's music. CONTRALTO Marian Anderson TRUDI SCHOOP and a colleague of her Comic Ballet areAS SAN rRANCISCO SYM- at the Opera House Tuesday night will program old classics,. Schubert, a Wagner air and Bantock and Ravel novelties. And she will sing a matinee next Sunday. Water Color Group Shows Equality, Love TOLERANCE, human equality and brotherly love are the theme of a colorful and sympathetic group of watercolor illustrations shown by Jean Leavitt Turner last week at the Academy of Fashion Design. Now the watercolors are to hang permanently in the Exposi tion's Temple of Religion. They depict men, women and children of various races happy and sad, at work, at play, at prayer. Espe cially striking are the poignant "Mother of China" and reverent Jewish "Head of the Family." I ! TP i' Indian lexrnes At S. F. Museum here seen in "All for Love," which tomorrow night will open her week s engagement at the Curran. Stokowski, Phi Are Heard in delphi ans Tannhauser JUST AS Leopold Stokowskifsichordist Marguerite Roesgen- has been here in the flesh, San Franciscans are enabled to admire him also in a new "Tann-hauser" record album. He conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra with his inimitable verve in the Overture and "Bacchanale" and in his own solemnized, impassioned and elaborated version of the Act-Three "Prelude." His performances are both eloquent arid theatrical, both inspired and erratic. That is Stokowski! But he should not have let' his Sirens sing out of tune. On other recent discs Excellent Mozart is given crisp bright performance by Harp- Champion (Columbia), accompanied by the Paris Symphony under M. F. Gaillard, in the Concerto No. 1, K. 37. Violinist Menuhin's latest vehicle (Victor) is the Mendelssohn Concerto. Although some of his tempos are a little rushed, he plays with a masterly tonal beauty, skill and emotional in tensity. The orchestra is the Paris Colonne under Enesco The lucid grace of the harpsichord is emulated with a classic sturdiness and charm in Julio Martinez Oyanguren's delightful guitar performances (Columbia) of a Rameau "Gavotte" and Cimarosa's Sonata in A. ANCIENT Indian textiles of Negr0 basso' wiU sin a benefit Guatemala will go on view at the recital for the San Francisco San Francisco Museum of Art Theater Union this afternoon at Thursday. the Green Street Theater. World ofMusic KENNETH SPENCER, youngt AFTER EIGHT YEARS in Ja pan, where he taught at the Tokio Randolph Portrait Drawings Will Go on View at Mills College INSPIRED by the grand spirit of the Exposition, Dr. Alfred Neumeyer tomorrow will open a rich exhibit of nineteenth and twentieth century European drawings at the Mills College Art Gallery. Loans from all America are contributing works by many such masters as Delacroix, Ingres, Manet, Renoir, Rodin, Picasso, Liebermann, Corinth, Kokoschka, Nolde, Burne-Jones, Rossetti and Augustus John. Watercolor Show HOWARD SIMON'S watercol-oci art the new exhibit at Elder's. Art Calendar ACADKMY OF ADVERTISING ART RtudentB fashion illustrations, to 'eb. 5. ROIIKMIAV ( I I II Annual mpmners" exh.hit: ollil. water. colnrj., sculptures, prints, to Feb. Co. VKRA JONES liltK.HT GAI.I.KKY Brett Weston photos, to Feb. !25, IE VOl'NO Ml'SEl'M Hembranrlt etfhlnBs. I.os Anu-eles Camera Plcturialistl. t.laps Through the Aires. Photos of Kt'.vtit. 1HNCAN-VAIT, Arthur Hall watercolors, to Feb. 25. P VCI, ELDER Howard Simon watercolurs. to March 11. ;raves Charles Henry Grant oils. ;ump Bolt pielke drawlnus, to Feb. 25. Vest-'n subjects in painting, sculpture, prints and drawing. William Keith palntines. M1M.S (OLI.EOR European drawinKs, nineteenth-tWMitltth centuries, opening tomorrow, PALATE OF LEGION OF HONOR ,7nhn Taylor Arms prints, San Francisco paintings and sculptures. SAN I- RANC'ISCO Ml SEl M OF ART Miil:mt Hhppls walpfi oliirs, to Feh. V.0, Krar Nfnvmrtn paintings, to Feb. "1. Art Association watercolor annual, to ,Mai.' Chagall oils. Eua-hra, to Feb. 28. American walfrcolnrs. to F'b. Alexander po!. oils, tn Feb. 2R. Guatemala textiles, opening Thursdar. "W SMliiiSiiniHlSIUlU IIWW SIIIIIIW 111 SEWIIWSMMIIft WSJ l tfll' JHJWBUj yt :y . v P"- 4 -U"t X V I it ' j 1 - i - i - v if- l I ! I ir: v : ft J ;V y 4& & A 1-1 " "Mr iiii a in -luiiiiiMWiirmwiwiwiiwii in m qmw immm! i-nwmmtf "MARIA," by Lee Randolph, is a superb San Francisco portrait in the Exposition's big display of contemporary California art. Conservatory of Music, Maxim Schapiro, Russian pianist, has taken up San Francisco residence. He studied with Medtner at the Moscow Conservatory and has concertized in Europe, America and the Orient. STUDENTS in a free recital tomorrow evening at the Golden Gate College Music and Arts Institute will be Cellist Barbara Bagley (accompanied by H. B Pasmore); Pianist Marian Bubb and, in poetry recitations, Shelia Stansbury. ;K OPERA chorus classes, starting Wednesday night, will be directed at the Golden Gate College Music and Arts Institute by William Tyroler, San Francisco Opera chorus master, announces Director Ross McKee. CLIFFORD SOUZE, young San Francisco pianist, will give a recital at the Century Club February 27, Manager Lulu Blumberg announces. ' m NEW in the San Francisco viola section is Albert White, former pupil of Robert Pollak. x m MARIAN VAN TUYL will head a group dance concert March 2 at the Community Playhouse. i & & Richard Tauber to Open Here Mar. 2 CELEBRITY in Mozart at Salz burg, in movies and opera in Vienna, in musical comedy in London and in recital everywhere, has been won by Austria's versatile Tenor Richard Tauber, who will make his Memorial Opera House debut March 2 and 5 under Peter Conley' management Expositipn Art Display Rates With World's Best Fleishhacker, Heil Commended on , . Richness of Collection ALL ART NEWS takes second place to the epochal exhibit The exhibit offers San Franciscans and visitors immeasurably the greatest art experience the West has ever enjoyed. I am not talking ballyhoo. The measured fact is this: The Palace of Fine Arts, as the last details of its display are completed, becomes an art collection of foremost rank not only for all America but even in comparison with the greatest centers of Europe. For such an achievement the Exposition directors as a whole deserve praise. And praise concentrates primarily upon the Fine Arts Committee, actively and resourcefully Headed by Herbert Fleishhacker. Walter Heil has been in charge of old master and .modern European art; Langdon Warner, Pacific Basin art; Roland McKinney, with the co-operation of Grace Morley, contemporary American art; and Dorothy Wright Liebes, decorative art. Heil Brought in Europe's Treasures Many other notables, local and others, have given the exhibit important aid. (As for instance, Rudolph Heinemann, of Switzer-land.) Without disparagement of anyone, a peculiar credit belongs to Heil, director of the De Young Museum and the Palace of the Legion of Honor. Heil sought cherished works of the national treasures of Europe. Despite the political difficulties of the times, his success was amazing. New Yorkers, concerned with their own Fair, could not believe their ears when they learned what he had procured irom itaiy. To his success, many factors contributed: his personal contacts, his vast knowledge of art masterpieces, the consummate taste of his selections, and the consistency of his standards. Fleishhacker and the Exposition backed him up. What he acquired in Europe helped the Exposition acquire other fine things from cautious collectors and museums in America. i Thus and by the similar effort of the famous Orientalist Langdon Warner and of Mrs. Liebes and McKinney San Francisco's art tradition is enriched for all time. Contemporary American painting represents its impressive best qualities in a new San Francisco Museum exhibit. American Paintings at S. F. Exhibit Some of the qualities are a tireless zest of life, an impatience with prettiness and sentimentality, a blunt probing seriousness. an ambitious independence of style and a studious constructive intelligence. Outstanding canvases include Eugene Speicher's masterlv eirl nude, with its candid fresh health, and Alexander Brook's more introvert Negress half nude. Further, there are Louis Bouche's factory landscape, enlivened PHONY quest Friday afternoon I y keen light and color; the swift silver delicacv of John Carroll's and Saturday night at the Memo- huntor and d8s Edward Hopper's hauntingly sober "Chop Suey" mieiiui, Mantis uurcniieias siarK stui swamp scene; Henry McFee's velvet somber still-life; Frederick Watkins' deep-felt "Old Woman Reading;" a broad romantic landscape by Schnakenberg, and genre by John. Sloan and Reginald Marsh v Romantic landscapes and idealized or prettified portraits form the bulk of the very conservative Bohemian Club annual. The fault of the show is not primarily that it is conservative, since conservative art is capable of its own great virtues of crafts-manship and honest feeling. The fault is that too many of the pictures are banal. Landscapes Feature Bohemian Club Show Exceptions are headed by two vividly energetic landscapes of Maurice Logan. And Matteo Sandona's "The Kimona" is a portrait with creative freshness and imagination, while admirable lithographs come from the stones of Dorman Smith (especially his ruggedly sculptural nude) and C. Bolton White (especially his "Street in Avon"). Excellent landscapes bear the names of William Faville, Douglass Fraser, Harald Wagner, Cloyd Sweigert, Percy Grav, Harry Blatchly, Francis Todhunter and Arthur Hill Gilbert. The chief portraitists include Spencer Macky, Arthur Cahill, Gleb Ilyin and Peter Ilyin. 5K All canvases left by the late Charles Henry Grant arc gathered into a memorial show at the Graves Gallery. Grant and Pielke Attracting Admirers Grant loved the sea in all its moods; he loved ships; he was an old-school painter of zest and skill. Admirers of his marinps may be surprised to learn that in his younger years he turned out landscapes of an uncommon lyrical charm. & Rolf Pielke's drawings at the Gump Gallery remarkable for their poised adroitness, their breadth, their economy of means and their pictorial taste depict mainly port scenes of San Francisco and outdoor views around Monterey. Exposition art notes. Scholars are giving the laugh to a national magazine's suggestion that Titian's "Pope Paul III" and the Bellini" "Madonna," borrowed from Italy, were painted respectively by a Titian pupil and by Previtali. The Titian has been precisely known and validated since the day it was commissioned. And all argument about the beautiful Bellini was laid to rest twenty years ago. Edward Alden Jewell, New York Times art critic, was a frequent visitor to the Palace of Fine Arts last week. . . . Clarence Kennedy, probably the world's finest photographer of sculpture, has been here on leave from his Smith College and Toledo Museum posts to arrange perfect special lighting for the Michelangelo, Donatello and Laurana. . , . Augustus Pollack, fine arts committee secretary, is winning great compliment for the efficiency, tact and helpfulness with which he is handling a vast administrative task. ALEXANDER FRIED. rial Opera House, Composer Paul Hindemith will conduct and play the viola in his own music. Bay Symphony At Curran for New Concert STARTING THE Bay Region Federal Symphony's new Curran Theater concert series, Nathan Abas tonight will conduct Bee thoven's "Leonore" Overture, Mo- i? mr . . : : V : Bfl. SEDITH GIDLOF Soprano in Debut Tonight zart's E Flat Symphony, the Third-Act "Lohengrin" Prelude and Liszt's "Preludes." Soprano Edith Gidlof, student of Nino Cornel, will be debut soloist in "Tannhauser" and "Gio-conda" arias. Music Calendar TODAY Hum KTrtory Thmtr, Community rifiyhous1, :t p. m. liny Roman 1-Vrternl Symphony. M hy N'lhn Ahnu: Krlith Gidlof, joprnno; Curran Theater, 8 p. m. MONDAY Truol Schoop Comic Ballet, Curran Theater, 8:.1t) p. m. TI'KSDAY MarlHn Anderson, contralto. Memorial Opera House. K;3t) p. m. Sohoop Comic Ballet, Curran Theater, 8:1)0 p. m. WEDNF.SDAY Schoop Comic Ballet, Curran Theater, 8:0 p. in. . TIU'RSDAY Pi-hoop Comic Ballet, Curran Theater, 8:30 p. in. FRIDAY S. F. Symphony, led by Pierre Monteux-, Paul Hlnilemith. guest composer-conductor, violist, Memorial Opera House, 3:!10 p. m. Hr-hoou Comic Ballet, Curran Theater. 8:30 p. m. 8ATI RDAY Schoop Comic Ballet. Curran Theater, 2:30 end 8:30 p. m 8 F. Symphony, led by Monteim; Paul Hindemith. (tuest onmposer-conductor-viollst, Opera House. 8:311 P. m. 1 V R A B J 0 H N'S ARTISTS' SUPPLIES at CARLISLE'S US POST ST CArtl.l274l Cossacks Open At Exposition IN ITS 15-DAY Exposition en- Fried to Give Talk on Music MUSIC OF Paul Hindemith gagement at the Hall of the; and Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring1 Western States, begun yesterday, the colorful General Platoff Don Cossack Choir Is singing four 40-minute programs daily on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays and three on week days. will be special subjects of Thursday morning's informal talk by Alexander Fried, Examiner music critic, for the Current Events Section of the San Francisco Musical Club at the Western Women's Club. DANCED!lAr1AAQMIUSiC ART 'flMMFRPIAI ART Pr,cnr'"1i tUMMtKCiAL aki tUlillVlLriwIML Mil I First Hand! I,.. ..H e.enln. rl... roll llirted hv trail. Actual Studto Methods rturfnK snare time hy . In San Francisco advertisma artl.u an 3ft year-old art firm MF.YKR BOTH CO. on cartoonists. Mttht school rates attracted-low" cnst-M-malensl-only hasts. priced iTnes. and rrl. eves.i ArADKMT Irall write for Illustrated book. 307 Hearst lor ADVERTISING ART. t Kr.ARKT 1 BJdg., 3d 4 Ukt. DO. 2182. Open Mon. eve. brKttT, fcXbrooli S68. Visit the echoel. I! -1 i 'I

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