This book concerns itself with music as music.
It is assumed that, if anyone really loves this art, he is willing and glad to do serious work to quicken his sense of hearing, to broaden his imagination, and to strengthen his memory so that he may become intelligent in appreciation rather than merely absorbed in honeyed sounds.
Music is of such power and glory that we should be ready to devote to its study as much time as to a foreign language.
In the creed of the music-lover the first and last article is familiarity.
When we thoroughly know a composition so that its themes sing in our memory and we feel at home in the structure, the music will speak to us directly, and all books and analytical comments will be of secondary importance—those of the present writer not excepted.
Special effort has been made to select illustrations of musical worth, and upon these the real emphasis in study should be laid.
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