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92 DRAMATIC AND LYRIC INTERPRETATION
or could arrange, a dressing room in which I could put on or change a costume.
I have seen on the concert platform exhibi­tions of bad taste which made me suffer, not so much for the artist' or for art' sake as for the public' sake, to whom I think the most complete art should be offered, not as a return for his money but for his education, of which art and artists benefit more than they imagine. I have seen a very famous singer (quite aged) in an attire which she considered probably of a simple elegance. Simple it was. But sim­plicity does not create atmosphere. She looked like a cook in her Sunday dress.
I have seen on the concert platform another singer, a very charming young woman, dressed in a tea-gown of the latest, most absurd style. The skirt ended just below the knees. Cer­tainly it was the latest style, but is it good taste? Does such style create an artistic atmosphere ?
There are other artists who, if they choose a costume, do so rather for the sake of a dis­guise, than for the sake of creating an atmos­phere in accordance with their song.
I have seen on the program of a singer a poem of Victor Hugo's, announced as a song of the fifteenth century and sung in a costume








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