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National Music of the World.
ness or knowledge of French might have assured him that the word was merely a mis-spelling of 'Hocquet* or 'Hiccup' which in homely phrase represents musical syncopation.
A collection of hybrid tunes before me, gathered in Cuba—a little book of the songs to this day sung by the children going round, who make so joyous and pretty a feature in the summer evening life at Madrid—illustrate the definitions I have ventured to lay down. They are either lawless, to the very verge of barbarity, or vapid, stale and inexpressive.
twixt the fugues of Tver], printed among his specimens, with the chorus ' Egypt was glad,' in Handel's ' Israel' : -Sir John professing himself to be a weighty Handelian. Witness his assertion that Dryden has destined his superb ' Alexander's Feast' to be set by Henry Purcell ; whereas the ode was not-written till Purcell had been dead two years ! There will always be a public with whom surliness passes for earnestness,- pon­derosity of manner for depth of thought and dogmatic as­sertion for research. Save as regards English cathedral music, I conceive Sir John Hawkins' History one in no respect to be relied on. There is another signal instance of his incorrectness in this very matter of Spanish music, in his notation of the familial- Fandango (to which I shall return) used by Gluck in his ballet, 'Dom Juan,' and by Mozart in his ' Nozze,' as under.
By the above preposterous transcription everything like Btateliness of character is tamed out of the measure.







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