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MUSIC IN INDIAN LIFE
ment supplies, making the melody, as he says, "sound natural." The discovery of the Indian's preference in the rendition of his songs upon the piano led to many experiments, in which Professor Fillmore took part, and that brought to light many interesting facts. Among these facts may be men­tioned the complexity of rythms, one played against the other; the modulation implied in some of the melodies; the preference for a major chord in clos­ing a minor song; and the use of certain harmonic relations which have been deemed peculiar to the modern romantic school.
As these melodies are the spontaneous utterances of a people without any theory of music or even a musical notation, they throw light upon the struct­ure, development, and freedom of natural expres­sion in music.
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