Saturday, April 23, 2016

Ima's mysterious 1918 notebook, continued

[The next notebook page is a large, hurried scrawl about a possible furniture purchase.]

9 chairs Rush
       with new
      Bottomss of Flag
            at 10 Each
            Crated Read
            to Shipp at

      And clock
      case at 10.00
      with hands--

[Next comes a reading list, after what appears to be a page or pages torn out.]

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Summer 1918: The mysterious notebook

[Suddenly copied into the notebook, part of Robert Browning’s 1841 verse drama, Pippa Passes, describing a sunrise.]

Fast and more fast
O’er night’s brim, day boils at last
Boils, pure gold, o’er the cloud cap’s brim,
Where spurting and suppress’d it lay--
For not a froth-flake touched the rim
Of yonder gap in the solid gray
Of the eastern cloud, an hour away;
But forth one wavelet, then another, curled,
Till the whole sunrise, not to be supprest,
Rose, reddened, and its seething breast
Flickered in bounds, grew gold, then overflowed the world.

         from Pippa Passes                            

After missing pages in the notebook, part of a poem copied.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Mia's Summer 1918 Notebook, continued.

[Symphony notes, continued] 

Organization of orchestra:
How many men?
Day or night?
How financed?

Average pay by rehearsals

per week?
Industrial workers as musicians?
How used in other cities?

Community singing
Orchestra conductor?
Band master

Oratorio conductor:
City & orchestra organizations?

Sunday concerts
Home Talent
Visiting Lecturers

City appropriations for Sunday entertainment
Expense of orchestra
Receipts expected from performances, subscriptions

Deficit proportionate to attendance?

[A page or pages appear to have been torn out]