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FRANKLIN-SQUARE
SONG COLLECTION.
127
If the voice be not of the best, it is of small conse­quence. The full-voiced sound will absorb all indi­viduality of voice. Each will be aggregated with all. The little separate waves will go to form an entire ocean of sound, a multitudinous oneness and massive whole, without any prominent individualizing. Es­pecially is this true when the voices are under the controlling and assimilating influence of a powerful, and well-played organ; and, in congregational sing­ing, the organ should have the largest liberty of ut­terance, the foundation-stops being alone employed. So then it may be taken as a fact that, in the people's
music of the church, the control and use of the voice require little artistic training, but only so much mus­ical endowment as almost everybody naturally has, and so much musical memory as to remember such simple melodies as form the staple of tunes adapted to general use. All the better, to be sure, if prelim­inary training has been secured, with some knowledge of the elementary rules of music. This were best done in early life, and while at school; and we hesitate not to say that it is a great mistake whenever in any school, public or private, instruction in music and singing is omitted for what is thought more practical.
ROW, ROW, CHEERLY ROW.
D. M. Moloch. " Emigrants' Song.''







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