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Music from the North.                   155
The zither, something betwixt a dulcimer and guitar, plays an animated part in the Tyrolese
music. The sounds whipped out of its metallic chords are stinging and brilliant, and especially in the open air, where all catgut strings lose re­sonance, prove most effective as supporting the voices.
The national music of Poland, matured into com­plete art at a period far earlier than any corres­ponding transformation in Russia, would furnish full matter for a chapter by itself.
The organisation of the people—the same which makes them so remarkable as linguists—more pic­turesque, subtle, and flexible, perhaps, than genial, singularly lent itself to the cultivation of music.
The courts of Poland were liberal and pompous in its encouragement from an early period; the nobles munificent in patronage; the Church, as everywhere else, eager to appropriate its services.

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