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The National Music of America. 305
that the change was not a deterioration, for the young man has since become one of the foremost of our musicians, the founder of a great string quartette, and one of the best of concert-meisters, — Franz Kneisel. But when the youthful newcomer, on Oct. 31, 1886, came before the Boston public as a soloist for the first time, it was decidedly a case of Daniel in the lion's den,—and the latter-day Daniel escaped unscathed also.
The change was a typical one, for Mr. Gericke brought a number of young musicians into the Boston Symphony ranks who have been there ever since, with the result that there have been few changes in the personnel of the orchestra for the last dozen years. When it is borne in mind that the number of public performances of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, and other cities, reaches very near the one thousand mark in 1900, that the same body of men have