IT has been noted as curious that while Newton rejected the undulatory theory of light propounded by Huyghens, Huyghens refused to accept the theory of universal gravitation set forth by Newton.
Why do I name here this seemingly irrelevant fact? Simply as an illustration of the truth that the opinions of experts, even of supreme rank, are not always to be accepted as final. Doctrines rejected by the highest authorities sometimes prove true, and consequently some small scepticism concerning beliefs apparently unquestionable may be allowed. This must be my excuse for venturing opinions which will not meet with acceptance among experts in music.
And first let me note that musical experts are specially exposed to perverting influences. Music has two distinct components--the sensational and the relational. One part of the impression it produces results from the character of the tones, and the other part from the mode of combination of the tones. The feeling a piece of music produces may be in various degrees pleasurable or sometimes painful, ac
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Publication information: Book title: Facts and Comments. Contributors: Herbert Spencer - Author. Publisher: D. Appleton and Company. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1902. Page number: 245.
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