THE following Chapters are for the most part founded on Lectures delivered in accordance with the regulations which prescribe the duties of the Professor of Music of Oxford University.
The scheme was devised at the beginning of the tenure of the Professorship in order to give continuity and coherence to a series extending over many years. But a breakdown in health, which was the result of trying to keep too many lines of work in hand at once, entailed the resignation of the Professorship before the series was completed.
The present volume is intended to represent the scheme in its entirety. In recognition of the fact that the style that is fit for a lecture is not fit to be read, the originals have been for the most part rewritten, several lectures have been omitted as unnecessary in the changed conditions, and chapters which cover the ground originally planned have been added.
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