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The National Music of America. 303
the third season this was increased to twenty-six (always with an equal number of public rehearsals), and then the number settled down to twenty-four, which has been the regular number annually ever since.
From the very first, because of the ade­quate number of rehearsals, the performances went beyond anything that Boston ever pos­sessed save in the occasional concerts of Theodore Thomas's excellently drilled travel­ling orchestra, and as the years rolled by the standard went far beyond anything that was anticipated at the beginning. In order to make the programmes thoroughly educa­tional, Beethoven's nine symphonies formed the backbone of each of the early seasons, until every music-lover in Boston knew them almost by heart. Mr. Henschel had also a habit of " saying grace " in a musical manner by beginning every season with Beethoven's " Dedication of the House " overture.
Another reform was necessary before the
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