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Franz Joseph Haydn

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A butcher in the town where Joseph was living wanted to celebrate his daughter's marriage with fitting music, and was bold enough to ask Joseph to compose a Minuet for the occasion. Joseph good-naturedly consented, and wrote the Oxen Minuet, and made the butcher and his daughter very happy. People say that soon after the wedding the butcher appeared at Joseph's door leading an ox all decorated with ribbons and with gilded horns.

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The First Violin

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The First Violin is written by Jesse Fothergill. It was consequently a shock to me to hear her speak in praise--yes, in praise of Sir Peter Le Marchant. My first impulse was to distrust my own judgment, but no; I could not long do so. He was repulsive; he was stealthy, hard, cruel, in appearance.

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Stories of the Wagner Opera

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Stories of the Wagner Opera is written by H.A. Guerber. The tumult has reached a climax when Rienzi suddenly comes upon the scene, and authoritatively reminds his adherents that they have sworn to respect the law and the Church, and bids them withdraw. His words, received with enthusiastic cries of approbation by the people, are, however, scorned by the barons, who would fain continue the strife.

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Favourite Welsh Hymns

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Favourite Welsh Hymns is written by Joseph Morris. To those who are no strangers to the Language and Spirit of the Originals, and who would feel disposed to welcome their adaptation to changed circumstances, the Author submits these Translations.

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Famous Singers of To-day and Yesterday

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Famous Singers of To-day and Yesterday is written by Henry Charles Lahee. The year 1600 marked the beginning of a new era in musical history, for in that year the first public performance of regular opera took place in Florence, when the "Eurydice" of Rinuccini and Peri was given in honor of the wedding of Marie de' Medici and Henry IV. of France.

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Experiences of a Bandmaster

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Experiences of a Bandmaster is written by John Philip Sousa. They were all very appreciative of music, and in this respect were quite unlike General Grant, of whom it is said that he knew only two tunes, one of which was "Yankee Doodle" and the other wasn't!

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English Songs and Ballads

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English Songs and Ballads is written by Various Authors. English Songs and Ballads must not be regarded as 'a choice,' but simply as a bringing together of poetical pieces which are, presumably, well known to the average person,--that is to say, the compiler has endeavoured to illustrate the general taste rather than his own preference.

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Amadigi di Gaula

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Amadigi di Gaula is written by Nicola Francesco Haym. The particular Encouragement you have given to the liberal Arts, not only shows the Delicacy of Your Taste, but will be a Means to Establish them in this Climate, and Italy will no longer boast of being the Seat of Politeness, whilst the Sons of Art flourish under Your Patronage.

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Advice to Young Musicians

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Advice to Young Musicians is written by Robert Schumann. When you have done your musical day's work and feel tired, do not exert yourself further. It is better to rest than to work without pleasure and vigour. In maturer years play no fashionable trifles. Time is precious. We should need to live a hundred lives, only to become acquainted with all the good works that exist.

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Acht Briefe an eine

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Acht Briefe an eine is written by Johanna Kinkel. Dieß Buch ist vorzugsweise für musikalisch gebildete Mütter bestimmt, die, entweder auf dem Lande oder in kleinen Städten lebend, beim Mangel eines tüchtigen Clavierlehrers genöthigt sind, den Unterricht ihrer Kinder in diesem Fach selbst zu leiten oder zu überwachen.

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