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Music from the East.                      35
the diatonic scale have been turned to effective account, -perhaps, because their orderliness of interval and rhythm, setting them entirely apart from anything which may be called or approaches a chant, renders them amenable and available to devices of science and the desires of fancy. Here, for example, is the phrase noted by Laborde, and used twice by Weber in his ' Oberon,' first as a march on which a brilliant vocal solo could be embroidered :
The same phrase, with a happy touch of inversion and change of rhythm, was employed by Weber at a later period of 'Oberon' as the dance tune breathed from the horn of the Fairy King :
That such closeness of interval is a frequent, if not a constant characteristic of Turkish music, may be seen by half a score of other examples. Observe how, with the alchemy of true genius, by the use of syn­copation, and of the minor mode, Mozart could turn
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