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HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

FROM
R. THE BEQUEST OF
KVART JANSEN WENDERE

1818

COPYRIGHT, 1878, 1895,
By D. APPLETON AND COMPANY.

PREFACE TO THE REVISED EDITION.

The continuous demand for this series, including the five volumes, “ Great German Composers,” “Great Italian and French Composers,” “Great Singers,” First and Second Series, and “Great Violinists and Pianists," has led to the revision of the volumes. Nearly twenty years have passed since the first—“The Great German Composers”—was written, and many changes have taken place since then. The attempt has been made, so far as is consistent with the limits of space, to bring these little books down to date, revising the articles where it was needed, and making addenda in sketches of living or very recently living composers and artists, who may be said to represent most fully the achievements and tendencies of contemporary music.

It need scarcely be said that the obligations of limit have, even in this revision, excluded several subjects fully worthy of association with the others.

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