The National Music Of The World

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152            National Music of the World.
used in what may be called civilised music than any other wild vocal melodies: not merely from their intrinsic freshness, but because they are minutely susceptible of harmonic treatment. In fact, among the Tyrolese especially, they largely take the form of part-songs : the peasantry, without having learned counterpoint, instinctively putting together those few and simple chords which, though sometimes incorrect, are always effective. The char­acter of this hill music is too marked, however, in the recurrence of certain intervals—
for it to bear any harmonic intricacy or torture.
Here is one which has been treated by Beethoven, among his easy variations, for piano and violin, of popular tunes. I fancy it little known.

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