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The National Music of America. 73
of accent, to drown his competitor in an ocean of harmony."
Holyoke, one of Billings's more cultivated successors, held a very different opinion in this matter, for he says that this sort of music "produces a trifling effect."1
" For the parts falling in, one after another, each conveying a different idea, confound the sense, and render the music a mere jargon of words."
There need, however, be no discussion about the fugues used by the early AmeriĀ­can composers, for they were not fugues at all, merely short passages of contrapuntal imitation, generally defying counterpoint in a manner that proved that freedom was a fundamental principle with every musical American. Not one of the composers aforeĀ­said had the remotest idea of what constituted a fugue, although they glibly explained "fugueing" in almost all of their musical collections.
* Preface to " Harmonia Americana." Boston, 1791.
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