Music Of The Waters - online book

Sailors' Chanties, Songs Of The Sea, Boatmen's, Fishermen's,
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Music of the Waters.
" A LARGE portion of that which has passed, and is still passing with the Chinese for music to be enjoyed, distances barbarian sympathies and defies barbarian analysis. Their ideas of music are so at variance with every one of our feelings, fancies, practices in art, or ideas of beauty, that one can only wonder at them while listen­ing to them ; for wonderful it is, that a people so rich and ancient as the Chinese, one so advanced in the knowledge of secrets of colour, refinement of texture, peculiarity of form ; so skilled in exquisite caligraphy—a people to boot who possess a philosophy, a fiction, and a drama of their own, all indicating a separate civilization, should be so utterly savage and repulsive in their musical tendencies. What we know of Chinese melody is in every respect







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