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i;8 National Music of the World.
since himself has been; and, by his use of the simplest material, disguised in some degree his want of constructive power, and the shortness of his breath, when a melody was to be made. He had been imperfectly taught; he had lived an unsettled life; a life of vicissitude and adventure. Eorn in Holstein, inefficiently trained, so far as the art and science of music go, he had fancied more than once that he could make out his career without reference to music. He had addicted himself in his early time to the practice and improvement of lithography, which in those days was a new discovery; and this failing to satisfy his ambition, he fell back on his first inspiration, that of music, with an instinct which did not deceive its owner.
He was a skilled and brilliant pianoforte player who knew his instrument, though compelled to show his knowledge thereof—let this not be forgotten— as a court servant, while the Court of Saxony was at dinner. He had a singular ability in inviting attention by writing overtures of a promise as regards the play, to which it is impossible to avoid surrendering one's self. There are no such six specimens so entirely different in character by the same hand, as those by him to ' Der Freischiitz,'