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The National Music of America. 247
these lines remembers having heard it when a child as a novelty at these performances. It was one of the war-songs that came into its martial usage by accident.
Musicians may shrug their shoulders as much as they please, great orchestral leaders may state that " Dixie" is " poor music," yet the fact remains that " Dixie" was a great influence on the battle-field, and re­mains a favourite in days of peace. Abra­ham Lincoln loved the tune, and many of the Northern soldiers enjoyed its measures even when it represented the enemy to them. It was one of the most charac­teristic melodies that sprang from the epoch of the war, although written as a picture of peace and happiness. It is thoroughly representative of the "land o' cotton, 'sim-mon seed, an' sandy bottom," which is more important in such a matter than a severe adherence to the laws of classical form or rigid harmony.
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