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AND MUSIC. The connection between these two subjects is much more
intimate than the general reader may imagine; for, from times which
may almost be called prehistoric, the art of music has called forth
statutes and strange legal enactments. The earliest of these are to
be sought for in Egypt, where musicians were held in very slight
esteem, and were obliged by law to dwell in certain quarters of
each city, not unlike the Ghettos in which the mediaeval rulers
imprisoned the Jews. The ancient Egyptian musician was also obliged
to train his children in the art; and the caste was thus kept
distinct, and transmitted from father to son for centuries. China,
in the earliest times, affords striking examples of legislation
regarding the art of music. It must be borne in mind that the use
of music in China, four thousand years ago, was a very moral and
commendable one. Useful precepts, valuable instructions in science,
art, agriculture, etc., and historic legends, were all preserved or
imparted by means of song.The rules governing the making of musical
instruments ( founded on correct acoustical principles ) were also
laid down by law. When, therefore, in the early pnrt of the
Christian era, the usurping Tschin dynasty ( from which China, or
more properly Tschina, takes its name ) came into power, they
directed their greatest energy against the art of music, which kept
alive in the Chinese patriotism, heroism, and devotion to the
dynasty which had ruled their forefathers. The old songs were
abolished by law, a new musical system was established, and all the
old instruments were called in, to be remodelled according to it.
To retain or conceal any of the old instruments or musical
manuscripts was punished by death; yet many a Chinese musician
braved this doom by burying his tr...
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