The National Music Of The World

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170            National Music of the World.
Goldschmidt; no tenor that could stand a moment's competition with the Italians; only one bass—I mean Staudigl.
There is a phrase of late current—'nature singing,' implying an insensibility, an inconsistency, or an ignorance; the negative weakness of which must sap the foundations of a lovely branch of art. There is a golden mean between soulless vocal dis­play and the utter abnegation of accomplishment; but the national, northern-bred fancy for what is vague, mysterious, and suggestive, has too often invested those who affect the latter with some sub­limity. They wear an aureole glory of mystical inspiration round their brow, which sets them apart from the common frivolous folk whose art gives a more artless pleasure.
I think some of the first distinct stirrings of German individuality may be referred to Luther's Psalm-Eook. That genial man represented the legend of Orpheus, in his own bold Christian fashion, and besides assaulting the Evil One with his ink­stand, defied, instead of paralysing him, by songs. Rut though 'psalm-singing' was on high authority appointed to be the pastime of the merry, sense, as well as spirit, will and should have its part in every

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