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Stanley Moses overseas 1897 - a good year

Town Gossip
Mr. W. Moses has on view at his shop a couple of novel and nicely illustrated programmes, such are used in Brussels, recently brought out by Madame Wiegand,and both bear the name of Stanley Moses as second violinist.
Windsor and Richmond Gazette Saturday 23 January 1897 page 3
Exceedingly favourable reports continue to reach Mr Moses, of Windsor (N S W ), of the progress made by his son Stanley at the Brussels Conservatoire. Ysaye, the famous violin virtuoso, wntes that young Stanley Moses will almost certainly become a player of the first rank. The best proof of the esteem in which he is held is afforded by the fact that there being only one place vacant in M. Gervaert's or- chestra he was selected from amongst 60 candidates who passed tho necessary examination for the post of a first violin.
Sydney Morning Herald Saturday 10 April 1897 page 4
EVIDENTLY we are to look forward to some special Australian talent in the person of young Stanley Moses, the son of Mr W Moses, of Windsor. Eugene Ysaye, a composer, and one of the most eminent violinists of the day, writes as follows from Bruxelles to Mr Moses:-" I am happy to tell you that your son is becoming a remarkable artist. He has always been persevering in his studies, and the progress that he has made in this last period assures me of his brilliant future success." It is significant that M. Gevaert, a composer of great talent, and director of the Brussels Conservatoire,
has taken a great interest in Stanley, and has chosen him out of 60 who passed the Conservatoire examination to fill the vacant place of first violin in his orchestra."
Windsor and Richmond Gazette Saturday 17 April 1897 page 6
Mr. Stanley Moses.
IT is always a gratifying circumstance to learn of a Hawkesbury-born boy that he is getting well to the front in one of the departments of learning, and therefore the news which was wished along by cable early this week from Belgium to the effect that Mr. Stanley Moses, son of Mr. W. Moses, of Windsor, had taken with distinction first prize at the Royal Conservatorie of the city named, was re ceived with considerable satisfaction. The " Daily Telegraph" says:
This achievement confirms the strongly expressed opinion of Eugene Ysaye, the eminent Belgian violinist. Stanley is the favorite pupil of' that genial virtuoso, and on the occasion of Mr Wiegand's visit to Belgium last year Ysaye delivered himself in enthusiastic terms upon the prospects of Stanley's career. M Gevaert, the director, and a composer of great talent, also speaks highly of the young violinist's talent and assiduous application to his studies. He was selected to fill the first vacancy in M Gevaert's orchestra. Since then he has appeared with marked success in some public concerts.
M r. S. Moses is to be heartily congratulated on his achievement, and his friends hope to have an early opportunity of hearing him in his native town.
Windsor and Richmond Gazette Saturday 10 July page 3
Mr. Stanley M. Moses.
ACCOMPANYING an alleged picture of Mr. Stanley M. Moses, the following letter press appeared in Saturday's " Telegraph" : -
In Monday's issue of " The Daily Telegraph" reference was made to the brilliant distinction gained by Master Stanley M Moses at the Royal Conservatorium, Brussels, in securing " the first prize, with the greatest distinction," at that great institution. Stanley Moses is son of Mr Moses, of Windsor, and a nephew of Mr Henry Moses, M L C. He is one of a family of ten, all musical, several of them having already distinguished themselves in the Australian musical world. Young Moses left Sydney rather more than four years ago at the age of 14. As the result of a consultation which his father had with M Wiegand, M Poussard, M Kowalski, and M Vandevelde (formerly Belgian Consul), who recognised the talents of the boy, it was decided to give him a European education. During his first year at Brussels he was laid up with rheumatic fever and pleurisy. The second year his master (Eugene Ysaye) was away in America. In the third year rheumatism prevented his qualifying for the big orchestra, but in the fourth year he succeeded, and was admitted to M Gevaert's orchestra at the Conservatorium to fill the vacancy for the first violin. M Musin, when in Sydney, some five years ago, having heard so much of young Moses' gifts, wired to Windsor asking that Stanley might be sent down to Sydney, that he might judge of his playing. After hearing him he said he had never before met s0 talented a boy. M Wiegand also saw the lad in Brussels last year, and speaks of him as " a wonderful child ". M Poussard was young Stanley's teacher in Sydney, though he was coached by his sister (Miss Josephine E M Moses), who was also his piano and harmony tutor. He was playing with several quartets in Brussels prior to taking his first prize, and in writing home in his last letter he stated that he had sufficient offers of engagements to carry him through the winter, but he preferred waiting until he had got his prize before accepting any of them. He is now between 18 and 19 years of age. Seventy candidates presented themselves for the prize, of whom 40 were thrown out.
Windsor and Richmond Gazette Saturday 17 July 1897 page 8
The record of a distinct victory by an Australian native in the arena of Art, Science, and Learning generally, should always be read with gratifications by our people; and therefore it is but reasonable to assume, apart from the fact that Windsor is his birthplace, that the success of Mr. Stanley Moses in musical circles on the Continent is pleasing to all who have heard the news. He has been in the for tunate position of a youth possessed of talent and of parents with the means to enable him to gratify his ambition; had they not been so equipped, he, though still charged with the same latent genius, might have lived a life-time out without being afforded an opportunity of attaining to eminence, and Australia would have thus lost the credit of having produced a violin ist of the very highest order of merit, and one who has before him, it is to be hoped, a long career of usefulness. Truth to tell, far too little attention is bestowed by the general public upon achievements of this kind, and it is questionable whether the fact that Mr. Moses has come out on top in such an examination as that which he un derwent at Brussels is known to many folk outside our own district. They all know which side won the last eight-oar rowing contest, and how many points the New South Welshmen scored against the Maori land footballers; they are well primed in the matter of racing weights and the names of the winners for the past ten years of the Melbourne Cup; they keep a close record of the number of matches won by the premier Cricket Clubs of the metropolis during last season, and can tell without a moment's hesitation the names of the top sawyers at the game. But make mention of anything outside the department of sport-ramble into the regions of Art, Science and Learning, and they are lost. A champion cricketer, footballer, or boxer, gathers around him hosts of friends, who will charge him with whiskey, and feed and clothe him, and con sider it an honor to do do; but a man or woman destitute of everything but brains and genius might starve.
Windsor and Richmond Gazette Saturday 17 July 1897 page 1

Mr. Stanley Moses.
THE following appeared in last Saturday's " Telegraph" under the heading of " Music" :
News has been received amplifying the cable recently announcing the distinction attained by young Stanley Moses at the Royal Consveratoire, Brussels. Eugene Ysaye, one of the most eminent violinists of the day, and Stanley's teacher, writes to Mr. Moses, of Windsor, that his son " was one of the finest (perhaps the finest) first prize-holder, with the greatest distinction, who ever came out of the Conservatoire." The virtusoso lays stress upon the fact that with the brilliant artistic carreer before Stanley, he should possess a violin of the finest qualities available. Other friends have written in the same strain; and now £ 100, is on its way to Brussels, wherewith a certain much-admired and longed-for "Strad" is to be purchased for the Australian violinist. The violin jury at the "Concours Public" included M. M. Gevaert (a composer of great talent, and director of the Brussels Conservatoriuim since Fetis' death), Massart (violinist and director of tbe Conservatorium of Liege), and Cesar Thompson (the eminent Belgian violinist). Mme. Gillis, a sister of Mme. Wiegand's, writing to Mrs. Moses from Antwerp on the 6th July, states : -" I have promised to give you the details of the ' Concours.' I had given my word to Stanley that I would go to Brussels in order to hear it. There were 22 students, and he was No. 20, and truly all these ' Concurrants' had much talent, and I was saying to myself already that it would not be an easy thing for him. When, after the hours' waiting, his turn came, I assure you I experienced a little anxiety. But as soon as he attacked his piece I was reassured, especially when I regarded the satisfied figure of M. Ysaye, who was in my neighborhood. His piece was heard by the whole 'Salle' in religious silence; he played in a marvellous manner; he was astonishingly calm-one could see he was quite himself. ... I asked M. Ysaye if he was satisfied with him, and he answered me, ' Rather ask him if he is satisfied with himself, because Stanley is really a great artist." Mme. Gillis also refers to the unusual applause bestowed upon the performer, and that several of his competitors had gained distinctions at previous "Concours," a fact that makes all the more conspicuous the achievement of young Stanley.
Windsor and Richmond Gazette Saturday 11 September 1897 page 11

THE following translations from different Continental newspapers, concerning Mr. Stanley Moses, the young Australian violinist, and son of Mr. W. Moses, of Windsor, have been furnished us.
From " La Renaisienne," Sep 19, 1897 :-" M. Moses was the worthy partner of Mille Buyst in the execution of the sonata by Grieg. It has been seen, as in the double concerto by Back, that the art of playing the violin has no more secrets for him. As worthy pupil of Ysaye, he makes light of the difficulties and makes his instrument sing delightfully." " Gazette de Benaix." Sep 19, '97 : . . . " A great musical career is equally re served for M. Stanley Moses, first prize with the greatest distinction of the Brussels Conservatoire. M. Moses has much talent and much modesty. These are the two talents which the public love to see united. This young artist has brought for ward with much justness and sentiment the melancholy character of the sonata in C minor by Grieg. The fantastical traits with which the sonata is sprinkled have been equally admirably rendered by this young virtuoso." " De Row senaar," Sep 19. '97 :-" The sonata of Grieg for piano and violin was rendered in master hands. This was certainly the case we name, by Mille. Buyst and M. Moses. They placed all the necessary passion in the ' allegro molto,' delicate ten derness in the "allegretto a la romanza,' coloured passion in the 'allegro animato final.' It is thus that it is necessary to interpret poetical music, a little mystic, from the Norweigan composer. The gem of the musical seance was the execution of the double concerto by Back. Mille. Hantson and M Moses placed there all their soul; they produced a startling impression by their grand phrasing, their so perfect ensemble. M. Moses was the first at the Conservatoire Concours. This is to say that his master, Ysaye, has furnished a pupil worthy of him who will shine in a short time beside the princes of violins." " Fenille de Annonces," Sep 19, '97:-" The coincert opened with a sonata in C minor for piano and violin by Grieg, the Northern Chopin, as he is called in France. Mille. Buyst and M. Moses were fully sensible to the charm-a little melancholy-of this music, so personal to the ' idies,' a little brief (courtes), but delicious to the developments so picturesque. The beautiful phrases on the 4th string specially were a marvel. In the double concerto of Back for violin, Mille. Hantson and M. Moses interpreted this with a serenity, an austere elevation, with a superb sentiment. The execution was the ideal of phrasing and ' fondu.' M. Moses is one of the most brilliant pupils of the Master, Ysaye. He has the suppleness of bowing, the surity of mechanism, the appropriateness, the comprehension of the work rendered which charac terises this great school. All the audience have preserved for this sympathetic violinist the most agreeable souneniz "
Windsor and Richmond Gazette Saturday 11December 1897 page 12
Town Gossip
" Daily Telegraph" of Saturday last had the following:
The great Ysaye, under whom Jakoff Hatmboug will study in Brussels, is now engaged on a lengthy American tour. The violinist's pupils at the Royal Conservatorium have in the interim been
placed under Mr Stanley Moses and an associate. The selection of the young Australian is a very significant compliment, and confirms the high opinion his teacher (Ysaye) repeatedly expressed with enthusiasm, and the esteem in which Mr Moses is held by Mr Gevaert. the director of the Brussels Conservatorium  Some public performances of Mr Moses have recently evoked much favorable comment from the critics.
Windsor and Richmond Gazette Saturday 18 December 1897 page 9

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