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306 The National Music of America.
rehearsed together thousands of times, it will be seen that the Boston Symphony Orchestra (now consisting of about ninety members) has had advantages possessed by no other instrumental organisation that America has ever owned, and its unrivalled technical excellence will readily be understood.
In 1889 Mr. Gericke voluntarily left his post, his health necessitating a return to Europe. The homage which Boston paid to him at his departure can scarcely be exaggerated. It is not necessary to speak of each conductor in detail; we find the great orchestral virtuoso, Mr. Arthur Nikisch, in control from 1889 to 1893; in 1893 the broad-minded and thoroughly equipped Emil Paur was the conductor, and remained so until he left for orchestral and operatic work in New York in 1898; in 1898 Mr. Gericke again took charge of the orchestra which he had done so much to establish.
One cannot repress the wish that this