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CHAPTER III.
The Accompaniment.
Best keys to write inRange of MelodyDifferent forms
of Accompaniment. The first thing to determine in writing accompaniments to a song is the key in which your melody is to be placed. There is, of course, no hard and fast rule as to what is and what is not a desirable key; for in this matter, as in all others, circumstances alter cases. The best key may be de­termined after due consideration as to whether the song is intended for, or most suitable to, a certain range or quality of voice which comprises the following well known divisions:
Soprano or Tenor (Range.)
Contralto or Baritone (Range.)
Jiasso (Range.)
It is not to be supposed, of course, that the music for a brilliant, sparkling waltz-song should be written to suit a voice of low range; or, again, that a swingy, stirring story of the sea, war, etc., should be set to a melody that suggests nothing but a high soprano voice, or any other equally sim­ilar unharmonious combination of lyrics and melody. Con­
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