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66 The National Music of America.
at half after seven. In consequence of the advice of some friends, Mr. Graupner has reduced the price of the Tickets to half a Dollar each."
It must not be supposed that such an olla podrida of music was below the aver­age of the epoch; on the contrary, the above concert was given by the best musician of America, up to that time.1 The most prom­inent musician before Graupner's time (we shall hear more of Graupner in a later chapter) was Josiah Flagg. Mr. Flagg com­piled and published, in 1764, the largest musical collection that had ever been printed in New England; but he did more than this, in 1773 he established a band, became its leader, and gave many concerts in Faneuil Hall, and elsewhere, on one occasion direct­ing fifty musicians.2
The American composer now enters upon
1 Beethoven's fifth symphony was performed in Boston less than seventy years ago, divided into three sections, with lighter music interspersed, for fear that the audience would grow weary 1
* Ritter's " Music in America," p. 44.
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