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78 The National Music of America.
price of a music lesson, as gleaned from the old advertisements, was from half a dollar to seventy-five cents, the more eminent teach­ers contenting themselves with the latter price. The teacher was generally obliged to lend his piano to the pupil for practising pur­poses (many advertisements offer this advan­tage), since the instrument was a great rarity at even the beginning of the nineteenth century, in Boston. The pupils played pieces by Gyrowetz and sometimes even attempted Haydn, but far more generally it was " Wash­ington's March " or some " Battle-piece " ' that struck wonder into the hearts of the auditors. The change in manners may be thoroughly shown by the following quotation
1 The " Battle of Prague " was by no means the earliest of these warlike compositions; the author possesses a " Sonata pour le Clavecin ou Forte-piano, qui represente La Bataille de Rosbach " [fought Nov. 5, 1757, between Frederic the Great, and the French] " Composees par Mr. Bach." Evidently by J. Christian Bach, son of the great master.
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