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NATIONAL MUSIC OF THE WORLD.
It may be asserted that National Music, with its origin, its features, its uses, has been too much neglected as a subject by scientific teachers and historians, who have seemingly agreed to consider it in the light of raw material, the examination of which could only interest minute analysts or else practical manufacturers. This is a mistake. National music is not raw material, inasmuch as every natural production, from the moment when man has tended and shaped it, however rudely, has been thenceforth, once for all, separated from the condition of the brute ore in the mountain; or of the tree, the seeds whereof were sown by the wind, and its body dwarfed by drought or bent by storm, but from which no human hand has pruned a branch, and