Vladimir Putin

Erskine, John

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First, a performance by Glen Gould. Congratulations to the Toronto Conservatory on its 60th birthday. Ties with the Juilliard School of Music in New York through Edward Johnson. Music education in the new world. The problem of the arts in this continent as somewhat different from anything the old world ever had to face. The need to do better in the spread of the love and appreciation of good music and how that is vital to our influence in the world. An historical perspective on who was and was not educated, in music or otherwise. Old and new attitudes to teaching music. How music was taught, how we teach it now, how we might teach it. Suggesting a parallel between the teaching of our own tongue in the elementary schools, and in the high schools and universities, and the complete teaching of music as an art. Facing other ideologies in the conflict of civilization. The influence of Russia in the arts prodigious. The importance of musical schools in Russia and Poland. The next fifty years to be a period of immense advance in the best and most thorough kind of education in art. The speaker's hope that he will see the arts in his country reach the conditions of baseball, and what that means. The need for our pupils to perform, listen, and compose. Some comments on the new music, and the importance of composing new music. The need for music to play to the Russians that explains to them why we love our country. The nature of creative effort. Expressing our ideals. The importance of training everybody to be a musician. A challenge from the speaker to the Toronto Conservatory to see who will be the first, them or those at the Juilliard School, to train their pupils to compose their own music, music to express Canada or the United States.