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The National Music of America. 165
"Voice, Piano-Forte, Guittar and Clarinett" is not one which would appeal to any mod­ern orchestral writer, and that the composer seems to have had one undeviating rule, — " when in doubt, play the key-note ! "
Yet the hearts of the forefathers thrilled with emotion when liberty was the theme, and did not greatly mind if its expression was uncouth. The " Favourite New Fed­eral Song " had come to stay in spite of all its defects.
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