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A System To Cultivate The Musical Memory For Musicians.

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The book is divided into two parts, each of which is complete in itself, and although it was necessary in the First Part to take some account of the Psychological aspect of the subject, yet the author has endeavoured, as far as possible, to make every Chapter of practical utility and value to the musical student of moderate advancement. For the opinions and theories expressed in this work he accepts the entire responsibility, but at the same time wishes to acknowledge the assistance he has derived from a study of the following works :—" The Senses and the Intellect," Alexander Bain ; "Teacher's Handbook of Psychology," James Sully ; " Elements of Psychology," James Sully ; "Technique and Expression," Franklin Taylor; " The Art of Music," C. H. Hubert Parry; and also the valuable suggestions and varied experiences which have been generously placed at his disposal by his friends, Miss Elizabeth Fedarb (who has also supplied the paragraph on the memorizing of Concertos), Dr. Percy Alderson and Mr. John Pointer. The last chapter entitled, " The Memories of Musicians," will be seen to be a collection of the experiences of others, and those who have willingly come forward with help include the names of Sir George Grove, C.B., Miss Constance Bache, Mr. C. Ainslie Barry, Mr. John Bumpus, Mr. F. G. Edwards, the Rev. J. Hampton, and Mr. T. L. Southgate. To all these he owes a debt of gratitude, but especially to Sir George Grove and Mr. C. A. Barry, who have unreservedly placed themselves and their unique knowledge and experiences at his service, not only in connection with the final chapter but throughout the entire work. While to all acknowledging his indebtedness he does not in the least think that by so doing it is in any degree repaid.
The author will be glad to receive communications on the subject, as well as particulars of exceptional performances, which on some future occasion it might be possible to add to the last chapter.
Sydenham, November, 1898.
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