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The National Music of America. 297
made in the standard of musical performances, the creation of a splendid band of native composers, the establishment of great and thoroughly equipped music schools and conservatories, and the evolution of a good system of public-school training in vocal music.
It is not to our purpose to speak in detail of all these branches; W. S. B. Matthews and F. L. Ritter have told the story of the American composer; the history of American public-school music demands a volume to itself. It may be stated, however, that two cities have led the way toward the high standard of public performance now attained in this country. Boston, which once led in the matter of vocal performance, has had the leadership wrested from her by New York. Among all musical forms those which combine vocal and instrumental forces may be considered the highest, and, as oratorio offers a scant field both in the matter of com-