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Mail Tribune 100, May 18, 1918 Continued

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago

May 18, 1918 Continued

MUSIC NOTES

The motion picture theater today is a place of more criticism than any other form of musical entertainment, and offers wonderful opportunities to the ambitious and energetic musician to show and prove he is absolutely indispensable if the management strives to give the public a good show.

He must be able to at once recognize the dramatic possibilities of a picture and instantly follow each change of mood and character, and support the climaxes as it becomes desirable. It is not sufficient merely to select a composition and simply play it through. The pianist should create a tone poem that forms a frame, as it were, for the picture, involving a true test of his musicianship.

To do this well, the pianist or organist should have a large and varied repertoire and the ability to improvise, so as to unite several, or the fragments of many compositions into a coherent whole.

There is abundant opportunity for the conscientious pianist to play good music with the pictures and there are many sources from which it might be obtained. Because so many persons have asked the writer just how and what music is played in a picture theater — if the music is sent with each photo-play, etc. — they shall be told “all about it” in the next issues of “Notes” and all details explained as thoroughly as the ability of the writer will permit.

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

Merle M. Willits, the Medford high school boy who recently enrolled and was accepted for the Red Cross ambulance service in Italy, has enlisted in the medical corps of the regular army and is on duty at Fort Lawton, Washington. It seems that of the many young men accepted for the Italian service there were more than could now be sent to Italy and hence a drawing was held at Seattle to choose the 100 men to be sent. Merle drew 101. Not desiring to wait until a future call, he again applied in Seattle to enlist in the army, was rejected twice because of a slight goiter and the third times was accepted for the medical corps.

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Homegrown strawberries were on sale at the public market this morning at 15 cents per box or two boxes for a quarter. The market is beginning to take on its usual spring activity.

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