The National Music Of The World

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92              National Music of the World.
have been accepted and employed throughout Europe. The rhythm, it is true, is indicated as Moorish among the specimens cited by Salinas, the Spanish writer :
lix. 21.
The dance which closes Monteverde's 'Orfeo,' one of the oldest operas of which we have any distinct cognizance—somewhat in the Siciliana style when played slow—is called Moresca. What, if this tunc be some old relic of the East, which passed into Sicily as did the Pan's reeds of the Greeks?
In any event, the instrument by aid of which the Siciliana style and form of national melody was imported into the world of trained music, was nothing more or less than the offspring of the primi­tive and mythological reeds of Pan, improved and assisted by mechanical discoveries. To dance and to blow a melody in one and the same operation, is a hard task; and thus, the idea of filling Pan's pipes with winds from another agency than that of the breath, was carried out by the bag added to the







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