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318                  CURIOSniES OF MUSin.
Aretino, or of Arezzo, a monk of the Beuedictine order, born at Arezzo. He flourished about A. D. 1030 though the date of his birth and death, is not accurately known. His work has had more influence in shaping modern music, than that of any one before him. Yet much of his life and work belongs to the hazy realm of legend. He attained such celebrity that every invention to which his successors could not find a father, was attributed to him.
Guido's great success lay in the fact that he was a specialist. He did not undertake, like Gregory and Anilros, to shine in all art, science, and enterprise; his position precluded that; he says ;' The ways of Philosophers are not mine, I only occupy myself with what can be of use to the church, and bring our little ones (the scholars) forward."
There was need of such a man; for though music teachers were sought in every country at this time, and those from Italy, Greece, France and even Germany, were highly prized, yet there were many who presumed on this state of affairs, and the consequence was that incompetent teach­ers were the rule. To renifidy this great evil was the aim of Guido's life.
He says some of these would-be teachers, " If they sang in their aimless manner, every day, for a hundred years, they would not invent even the slightest new Antiphon, and he who cannot easily and correctly sing a new song, by what right can he call himself a musician or singer?

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