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Music from the South.                   113
The above, which is from M. Auber's ' Lac des Fees/ is a veritable type of French taste in melody, and affords a peep into such French fairyland as Watteau might have painted. It is worth compar­ing with the fairy music written by Mendelssohn for our ' Midsummer Night's Dream.'
Once more—to be montonous, in reverting to French monotony—this characteristic may have been to some degree as much encouraged by the instru­mental predilections of the French, as by the peculiarity of their voices. The national instrument has a drone, whether it be the vielle, or hurdy-gurdy, or the bagpipe—that primitive walking-organ, for which I have confessed a secret affection, utterly heterodox though it be. Madame George Sand, who has a keen musical sense and some understanding, assures us that in the central provinces of France
many brave pipers are to be found, taught by ear and

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