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Preface.                                 xv
nounced. The antagonism which his convictions and prejudices aroused is well-nigh forgotten, and full testimony has been borne by some who do not share them to his sincerity and courage. A gratifying tribute to this effect was recently rendered by the writer of a biographical sketch in Grove's ' Dic­tionary.' The present work is happily excluded by its subject from the arena of personal controversies, and will, I trust, be equally welcomed by those who liked and disliked Chorley, as a con­tribution of real value to musical literature by one eminently qualified to discuss the interesting and curious points with which it deals.
The modifications which the original form of the work underwent at its author's hand have been strictly preserved, so far as it has been possible to ascertain them. These will be found in the first two essays only. The third and fourth are sub­stantially identical with the lectures as they were delivered. Wherever the score of the selected musi­cal illustrations was forthcoming, they have been inserted. The manuscript is occasionally obscure, but the notation has been checked by a competent musician in order to secure correctness. In a few

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