Music: Etude's Coda

For years after the late Music Teacher Theodore Presser started his magazine in 1883 on a $250 stake. Etude had an impenetrable format, and articles with such titles as "The Great Composers' Love of Flowers." "Why Are Sharps Harder Than Flats?" and "Places That Don't Sound Right and What to Do with Them." The magazine was highly thought of by music teachers, who relied on it for hints on technique and for its advertisements suggesting graduation gifts ("A Very Attractive Lyre Design Pin—10K. solid gold, $1.25"). It was loathed by the thousands of...

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