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A System To Cultivate The Musical Memory For Musicians.

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forms they do employ, or the extent to which they employ them. In some passages they think they rely more upon one form than another, as in the playing of a brilliant arpeggio, which the fingers having traversed many times, eventually come to play quite automatically, though it would be exceptional not to find that same passage memorized also by some other form of memory, so that if our so-called " finger" memory should temporarily fail, the other form could come to its assistance. But whatever be the amount of assistance supplied by these non-musical forms of memory, it is obvious that our musical memory must still supply us with a clear general idea of the piece we are playing, and our ear must exercise throughout its course a criticism of its rhythm, the accuracy of its notes, gradations of tone and interpretation.
17. In the following chapters we shall consider separately the forms of memory belonging to the Muscular Sense which we control the movements of the fingers, the" hand and the arm for the purpose of execution), the Eye and the Intellect, in their connection with the performance from memory of piano music, as well as the special province and the particular kind of passage most suited to each form of memory, and shall then endeavour to ascertain if there be any principle or law to which the employment of the various forms in different individuals conform.
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