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endeavoring to depreciate the most prominent talent of that race; a talent which has been acknowledged ever since the days of the Babylon­ian captivity.
Yet a still greater curiosity (and the most recent of all) has been written by one of his defenders. Of course his attacks upon all who differed from him, provoked retorts innumerable; these have been collected and published in a compact form, and the work is entitled "A Dictionary of Im­politeness."
With this " curiosity " our catalogue appropri­ately ends. We have not mentioned some of the great names in music (Haydn, Cherubini, Pales-trina, Schumann, Schubert, etc.), and have touched but lightly upon others. They did not seem to come within our scope.
The incidents in the lives of the musical giants have all been sought out by persons possess­ing facilities which no American writer can have, and are generally so well known that they can no longer be called curious. "We have endeavored to show that music is a very uncertain and fickle art, and continually changing, and that there never can be absolute laws laid down in this free art, as if it were a fixed science. If we have done this and amused our readers at the same time, we consider our work brought to a satisfactory con­clusion.

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