The National Music of America and Its Sources

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CHAPTER IV.

European National Songs -- The Voice of Freedom in Foreign Countries -- "Lilliburlero" -- Scottish War-songs -- Koerner's "Song of the Sword" -- The Music of the Reign of Terror; "Ça Ira" and "La Carmagnole" The "Marseillaise" -- The English National Anthem and Its American Uses -- "My Country, 'tis of Thee.

ALTHOUGH this chapter may seem to be a digression from the strict line of our subject, since it speaks chiefly of foreign national music, the student of history will find a kinship among the songs of Freedom in every clime, and some of the tunes cited will be found to have exerted a direct influence upon American music. It has been well said -- "Happy are those nations which have no history,'' for history is too often only the record of the strife, injustice, and oppression of mankind. Out of these evils beautiful music is born. Shelley's lines,

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  • Music Lovers' Series *
  • Title Page i
  • Preface. iii
  • Contents v
  • List of Illustrations and Music. 9
  • The National Music of America and Its Sources. 11
  • Chapter II 29
  • Chapter III 60
  • Chapter IV 80
  • Chapter V 127
  • Chapter VI 155
  • Chapter VII 168
  • Chapter VIII 207
  • Chapter IX 241
  • Chapter X 261
  • Chapter XI 272
  • Chapter XII 296
  • Index. 315
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