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Form.�Nothing is more common than to hear it said that Mozart is a great master of form; that Beethoven's form is at times obscure, and so forth. Of course what is meant is, that in the arrangement and development of the musical phrases, there is a greater or less fitness of proportion, producing an effect of unity or incoherence as the case may be. But the idea of musical form can be made intelligible to any one who will take the trouble to glance at so simple a melody as " The Blue Bells of Scotland." That air Consists of four phrases, each of which is divided into
an elation and depression. The first two phrases ar» repeated ; the third and fourth occur in the middle; and the first two recur at the close. Thus music ap�pears visibly to the eye to possess all the essential properties of emotion. May we not, therefore, say that the secret of its power consists in this, that it alone is capable of giving to the simplest, the sub tlest, and the most complex emotions alike, that fulJ and satisfactory expression through sound, which hitherto it has been found impossible to give to many of them in any other way ?�Music and Morals.
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