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In 1827, Beethoven was dying. He had heard with surprise that Schubert had composed more than five hundred songs, and spent some of his last hours in reading them (the only way in which they could reach him) over and over, exclaiming, " I too should have set this music." Schubert came with one of the brothers Huttenbrenner, to inquire for the master. Beethoven was lying almost insensible; but as they approached the bed, he appeared to rally for a moment, looked fixedly at them and muttered something unintelligible. Schubert stood gazing at him for some moments in silence and then, suddenly bursting into tears, left the room. On the day of the funeral Schubert and two of his friends were sitting together in a tavern, and, after the German fashion,
they drank to the soul of the great man whom they had so lately borne to the tomb. It was then pro­posed to drink to that one of them who should be the first to follow the great departed, and hastily fill­ing the cup, Schubert drank to himself.—Haweis. The nature of music is three-fold, like that of a man to whom it appeals. Therefore it may be re­garded as a sensuous art, in that it delights the ear; as a psychologic art, in that it records the emotions, and requires mental operations on the part of the hearer for its due appreciation; and, as it involves agreements, differences, symmetries, complexities, with other marked qualities, among them order in apparent disorder, it may be regarded as a branch of science that is closely allied to mathematics.
J. P. Knight. Emma Willard. i8«.

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