Peru State College - Peruvian Yearbook (Peru, NE)

 - Class of 1930

Page 121 of 210

 

Peru State College - Peruvian Yearbook (Peru, NE) online yearbook collection, 1930 Edition, Page 121 of 210
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Peru State College - Peruvian Yearbook (Peru, NE) online yearbook collection, 1930 Edition, Page 120
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 MUSIC AT PERU j CONFUCIUS said: “When Music and Courtesy are better understood and appreciated, there will be no war.” Music speaks in a language common to all, and is not limited to what we call language. It contains the actual germ or fundamental of the universe; that rhythm, without which nothing material can exist. So we have the right to call music, not a mere imitative art, but a creative art—infinite in its scope, and both human and Divine in its origin. A sculptor can form a Venus de Milo that is so like the original that only a master can discern. A painter can make a copy of an actual, or touch up an unreal canvas, to look like a Gainsborough. For the past years talented composers have been competing for huge prizes offered for the completion of Schubert’s famous “Unfinished Symphony.” None have succeeded, not even approximated the master’s work. Why? Music is an expression of the soul, the motivation of an idea, some thing that comes from away down deep in one’s inner being. It can never come from without; it must be experienced from within. Music is a living, vital factor on Peru’s campus. The study of applied music is given special attention, as to standard of faculty, and performance of students. The first requisite of an educated person is to excel in some one thing. There is a demand for this kind of teacher, rather than the one who teaches a little of all branches. Subject matter and performance are stressed by the professors, who are themselves excellent artists, with much experience in the concert and opera fields. Every one at Peru has the opportunity to engage in some musical activity. The Chorus, Girls' Glee Club, Men’s Glee Club, the Orchestra, the Band, are open to all—without examination. It is remarkable with what degree of finesse and artistry these organizations perform, when it is recalled that many schools admit only the most talented to such groups. Yes, Music does live at Peru; it does more than live, it works. It helps keep the campus a pleasant place to spend the week-end, with its Sunday afternoon musicalcs at the lovely Eliza Morgan Parlors. There arc courses in Music Appreciation so that every one may be more interested in, and more appreciative of the various activities. Music is more than a diversion for the select few; it is a necessity for all, that they may be more fully, and more richly endowed with those attributes essential to all well-rounded and worth-while lives. lyO£t 112



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