By Richard Wallaschek

This 1893 learn of the tune, tools and dance of the world's indigenous peoples displays the Victorian view that human improvement moved from primitive to advanced alongside a linear evolutionary direction. regardless of this viewpoint, it was once a major contribution to comparative musicology within the overdue 19th century, demonstrating the primary that learning the song of non-European cultures and societies might support Europeans comprehend their very own musical culture. at the foundation of his comparative research, Wallaschek constructed a idea that tune originated from rhythm and dance instead of the melody of speech. His proposed version moved ahead that of Wagner, and recognized that track is embedded as a basic section of social interplay. The publication describes tune and tools around the globe, the position of making a song and dance, and tonality and concord, sooner than discussing the starting place of track and the position of heredity and exterior conditions on musicality.

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160. , p. 164 ; Krusenstern, /. c, i. p. 197. :! Meinicke, /. c, p. 255 seq. * Kotzebue, I. c, iii. p. 254. 5 Meinicke, /. c, ii. p. 306. AUSTRALIA. 1 In Australia a similar history may be recorded of the music which, because of its original character, gives us a welcome picture of the simplest Artform. As everywhere else it is also here bound up closely with the dance, which, in the form of mimic representation, affords apparently more variety than on other continents. One of the best known and most important dances is the Corrobberree (whose nature we will examine more closely later), in which musical accompaniment plays an essential part.

439. Stanley, Coomassic, p. 489 ; Egypt. Instr. by Lenoir de la Fage, /. c. ; Comettant, I. c , pp. 574-6. J J. Richardson, /. c, p. ; Sibree, I. c, p. 97. , i. p. 274. , p. 275. 3 ASIA. 1 The general character of African music, then, is the preference for rhythm over melody (when this is not the sole consideration) ; the union of song and dance; the simplicity, not to say the humbleness, of the subjects chosen ; the great imitative talent in connection with the music and the physical exertion and psychical excitement from which it arises and to which it appears so appropriate.

Shaw, /. c, p. ; Brown,. /. c, pp. 183-213. 3 14 PRIMITIVE MUSIC. 1 Musicians never appear to be embarrassed by this difficulty. 2 Much more musical are the Ethiopians. 3 Before quitting Africa let us glance at Madagascar. The Malagasy are passionately fond of music, and several of their songs have been highly praised by travellers for their beauty. 4 On the other hand, their music is rhythmical. The constant, regular clapping of hands which gives the measure to the music is quite affecting to Europeans.

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