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22              National Music of the World.
take,3 that has ever been conversant with that delec­table city, ancient or modern. Here is the tune as noted by Eastern travellers, which it will be seen is as tame, when compared with the ' Malbrouk' we are accustomed to, as if some lotos or opium eater, having got hold of a clear and easy melody, was half con­sciously drawling it out before dying away in his trance.
Those who paid attention to the performances of the band of the Pacha of Egypt which visited Lon­don in 1862 might, I think, detect in the midst of the strange barbaric 'jargoning,' which passed with them for harmony, fragments of Western melody imperfectly caught, and to which the impure note,
a It may be noted, however, among the coincidences which crowd on the collector at every step taken by him, that a curious similarity exists between the first four bars of ' Mai-, brouk' and those of ' Callino Casturame' arranged by AVil-liam Byrd. (Chappell's Popular Music of the Olden Time, p. 793). This, then, may have been one of the melodies which have grown into their present shape gradually.

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