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FRANKLIN-SQUARE SONG COLLECTION.                                          l75
The absolute necessity of colleges of music was early discovered by the greatest musical peoples of the world, the Germans and Italians; and among the former es­pecially we find to-day the most flourishing and extensive institutions of a musical educational character to be found in Europe. Mendelssohn, the foundei of the Leipsic Conservatory, in reference to the class system of teach­ing, says: "An institution such as the conservatory has this advantage over the private instruction of the individual, that, by the participation of several in the
same lessons at the same time, a true musical feeling is awakened and kept fresh among the people; it produces-industry and spurs on to emulation; it is a preservative againstone-sidedness of education and taste, a tendency against which every artist, even in the student yearsr should be upon his guard." No higher musical au­thority seems possible. When we add to it the result of that class system which every year brings before us in. the accomplished graduates from those famous schools, it seems as if all carping criticism should be hushed..

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