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Music from the West.                   219
Let me now speak of a peculiarity in Scottish music, which I doubt not has suggested itself to the reader before I have named it: the snap, or rapid succession of two notes : —
and so forth.
With regard to the origin of this, I have always nourished a fancy born of my own experience.
There are singers who when they attempt to recol­lect a melody try to reproduce a harmony also—to present to themselves a duet; and this can only be done by catching at either the principal or accessory note (as may be), before or after the sound has been emitted.
I have never been able to represent to my solitary self the tune of a two-part song without some such ease to imagination, if not to conscience; and thus,

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