FINE music in one form or another plays an increasing part in home life and public entertainment with the approach of the Christmas season.
Throughout the coming months it promises to gladden and enrich the lives of greater numbers than ever before.
Not only are the facilities for enjoying fine music within the reach of greater multitudes but the desire among all classes to share its pleasures and benefits are greater than ever before.
The evidence is abundant that music in its finer forms is steadily advancing its appeal to the general public and gaining recruits from young and old in all walks of life.
Volumes could be written of the various influences contributing both directly and indirectly to the broadening and deepening of this appeal.
The radio is but one of these and its general use of such comparatively recent origin that no one as yet can fully estimate the extent of its influence, though there can be little doubt it has been great.
While there is probably no one thing in the world about which every one will share the same opinion, it is generally agreed that the degree of perfection that has been reached both in the art of broadcasting fine music and in the facilities for its reception within the home has placed the radio on a plane of great service and usefulness in the music field.
At a cost of millions of dollars the best music, by leading symphony orchestras, singers and instrumentalists of exceptional standing is being broadcast to every part of the country and into the humblest of homes where fine music in its more expensive forms may be beyond reach.
It would require pages to tell of the splendid music programs that will be broadcast on a national scale in these coming weeks.
While the radio has been perfecting and expanding its service the same has been true of the phonograph. Not only in the instrument itself but in the methods of recording fine music there have been wonderful results.
The phonograph of today is not only a great popular favorite but has entered a new era among discriminating music lovers the country over.
In its improved form it is not only providing delightful entertainment in many thousands of homes but is doing much within these homes to increase the love and appreciation of fine music.
It is, however, in the modern reproducing piano that music in recorded form achieves its highest artistic success. In the marvelous reproduction of playing by master artists on this oldest and finest of our musical instruments perfection itself has been reached.
For more than two centuries the piano has been regarded as the musical instrument of pre-eminent value yet its wonderful possibilities as a reproducing instrument are being revealed to thousands for the first time.
As an instrument for self-expression and enjoyment its superior advantages have long been recognized and have richly repaid even the least gifted of players.
And now in these later years the piano combines to a superlative degree for those who so desire improved facilities for such self-expression and the great privilege of enjoying without effort the work of great artists at their very best, and in one’s own home.