Epochs in Musical Progress

Epochs in Musical Progress

Epochs in Musical Progress

Epochs in Musical Progress

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In the first three books of the Federation Course, the student has been introduced to the fundamentals of music, and has been shown some of the processes and means by which these fundamentals have been applied. In the light of this knowledge, he is now to be given a bird's-eye view of the whole expanse of musical endeavor, and thus will rapidly scan the evolution of the art from the inchoate cries of savages to the present highly organized system.

Various stages mark off this evolutionary process, each one of which has contributed its quota to the general resources. Accordingly, any one period can be justly estimated only in the light of those which have preceded it. Only a knowledge of what has gone before, for instance, will enable us intelligently to attack the present complicated problems.

From the broad highway which we are now to traverse run numerous bypaths. It is hoped that the music lover who has followed the course of study thus far presented will be further inspired to pursue these bypaths, each one of which leads into fascinating and fertile fields of investigation.

Wellesley, Mass.
May, 1926.

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