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ANCIENT EGYPTIAN MUSIC.                  25
But the most interesting painting has been copied, in the folios of Lepsius,§ from a tomb of great antiquity; it represents a course of musical instruction in the department of the singers and players of King Amenhotep iv. (18th Dynasty). We see several large and small rooms, connecting with each other; furniture, musical instruments and implements are seen all around, especially in the small rooms or closets. In the large rooms are the musicians, engaged in practising and teaching; one teacher is sitting, listening to the singing of a young girl, while another pupil is accompanying her on the harp; another girl stands attentively listening to the teacher's in­structions, (class system evidently); in another part two girls are practising a dance, while a har­per accompanies; other musicians are variously engaged. In one room is a young lady hav­ing her hair dressed, and in another, a young miss has leant her harp against the wall, and is sitting down with a companion to lunch. This certainly gives a fair insight into the music life of old, and we leave Egyptian music, of which as music we know nothing, with more satisfaction after this glance at the Royal Egyptian Conserva­tory of Music.
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