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128            National Music of the World.
If the Germans have desired to get the credit of the 'Marseillaise' from the French, our French neieh-hours have attempted a still more heinous usurpation, having laid claim to nothing less national than our National Hymn, which they have maintained was the composition of Lulli, their adopted musician. During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, in England and elsewhere (as Mr. William Chappell's carefully executed collection attests), a pompous minuet style was in fashion, some twenty specimens of which bear as close a family likeness one to the other as Rouget de Lille's military tunes.
Here is a specimen by Lulli: a minuet movement preluding an ariette from a ballet by him, ' La Mas-carade de Versailles.'
Ex. 32.







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