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PREFACE.
In this work, I have endeavored to bring to­gether the most curious points in the music of many nations, ancient and modern. As the work originally appeared in a magazine ("The Vox Humana") I was obliged to avoid any ex­tended research into disputed points, such as Hebrew music, Greek music, water organs, etc., as being too abstruse for periodical reading. Yet many of the facts contained in its columns have not yet found their way into English literature. This was so entirely the case with Chinese music, that I was tempted to somewhat trangress my limits on this subject, it being, apparently, a neglected one. In all the other chapters I have merely sought out such facts as would interest, and present a comprehensive idea to the general reader, whether musical or not.
My hearty thanks are due to Col. Henry "Ware, and Mr. J. Norton, of Boston, for many facilities afforded and suggestions offered, in the course of compiling this book. If it fills an unoccupied niche, however small, in musical literature, it will have fulfilled the desire of
 
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