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CHAPTER III FOLK-MVSIC The basis of all music and the very first
steps in the long story of musical development are to be found in
the musical utterances of the most undeveloped and unconscious
types of humanity; such as unadulterated savages and inhabitants of
lonely isolated districts well removed from any of the influences
of education and culture. Such savages are in the same position in
relation to music as the remote ancestors of the race before the
story of the artistic development of music began; and through study
of the ways in which they contrive their primitive fragments of
tune and rhythm, and of the principles upon which they string these
together, the first steps of musical development may be traced.
True folk- music begins a step higher, when these fragments of
tune, as ' nuclei, are strung together upon any principles which
give an appearance of orderliness and completeness; but the power
to organise materials in such a manner does not come to human
creatures till a long way above the savage stage. In such things a
savage lacks the power to think consecutively, or to bold the
relations of different factors in his mind at once. (His phrases
are necessarily very short, and the order in which they are given
is unsystematicj It would be quite a feat for the aboriginal brain
to keep enough factors under control at once to get even two
phrases to balance in an orderly manner. The standard of
completeness in design depends upon the standard of intelligence of
the makers of the product; and it cannot therefore be expected to
be definite or systematic when it represents the intellectual
standard of savages. Nevertheless the crudest efforts of savages
throw light upon the true nature of musical design, and upon
themanner in which human beings endeavoured to grapple wit...
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