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Music from the East.
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violinist, who for a time sojourned in London and formed part of Her Majesty's private band, may recall, as the sole merit which they possessed, some traces of the wild humour and fire with which the music of this vagabond race may be credited. Gipsy music is a weed of the strangest form, colour and leafage; one hardly to be planted in any orderly garden.
Lastly, with reference to Eastern origin and influences, the music of Spain must be touched on : a subject full of perplexity to all those persons who comfort themselves with a theory of the connection of the arts. Such a theory is utterly untenable as regards music, supposing connection to imply con­temporaneous existence; and its futility can be proved nowhere more completely than by reference to the music of the Peninsula. What need is there to revert to the days of Spain's pomp and power? What need to recall, that after Eastern domination had ceased there (how wonderfully represented by its monuments!)10 there could arise and flourish in
10 The meagreness, not to say absence, of what may be called representative architecture in Spain, subsequent to the departure of the Moors, is one among the many anomalies with which the student of art has to deal. It is true that the Gothic style in church-building was modified to some degree







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