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with his back turned towards them, but also in the act of blowing his flute, like the others. An eighth is standing at the right side of the group with his face turned towards them, holding his flute before him with both hands, as if he were going to put it to his mouth, or had just left off playing. He is clothed, while the others have only a narrow girdle round their loins. Per­haps he is the director of this singular band, or the solo per­former who is waiting for the termination of the tutti before renewing his part of the per­formance. The division of the players into two sets, facing each other, suggests the possibility that the instru­ments were classed somewhat like the first and second vio­lins, or the flanto primo and flauto secondo of our orches­tras. The occasional employ­ment of the interval of the third, or the fifth, as accom­paniment to the melody, is not unusual even with na­tions less advanced in music than were the ancient Egyp­tians.
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