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The Rough Material.�In music man does not reproduce any combination of sounds he has ever heard or could hear in the natural world, in the same 6ense that the painter transfers to his canvas the forms and tints he sees around him. The musicians seizes the rough element of sound and compels it to work his will, and having with infinite pains subjugated and tamed it, he is rewarded by discovering in it the most direct and perfect medium in all Nature for the ex-
pression of his emotions. The painter's art lies upon the surface of the world; its secrets are whispered by the yellow cornfields spotted with crimson fire, and the dappled purple of heather upon the hills; but the musician's art lies beneath the surface. His rough material of sound may rather be compared to the dull diamond, earth-incrusted and buried in deep mines; it simply does not exist as a brilliant, and a thing of priceless beauty until it has been refined and made
luminous by deliberate arrangement of glittering facets set in the splendor of chaste gold.�Haweis.
Early Dead.�In his early death Mendelssohn strikingly resembles Mozart, of whom it cannot be said that he died prematurely. His faculty was devel�oped with amazing rapidity; and from the very early age at which he began to hold a place in public esteem his artistic life was by no means short. Although a
painful apprehension to the contrary embittered his last days, yet he lived long enough for fame. Not so Mendelssohn. However extended his mortal span might have been, his fine talent would have continued, in all probability, to unfold and discover fresh, beau�ties as long as his natural faculties were perfect. He died in his thirty-six year, in the period of full prom�ise, withered in the very spring-time of his genius.
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