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SNAKE SONG NO. 8                                    91
ence for these Pueblo refinements. Its fallibility as an instrument for the observation of exotic music, due to fatigue and haste, is illus­trated in the B of the staff notation. Confusing the two forms of movement with which this segment begins, each repeated five times in the course of the song, it takes the initial interval (de-B) from one and attaches to it the balanced fourth, as this interval is attached in the alternative form. None of the duplications of the balanced fourth are noted, and the first, in B5, loses its natural motive in the initial de of the segment.
The union in this song of close repetition with delicate alternations of movement well illustrates the difference between freedom and either constraint or license. The singer delivers the melody with the lithe security with which he handles the rattlesnake in whose honor it is chanted. Armor for defense and a scale for guidance would alike be gratuitous hindrances.
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