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THE

MUSIC OF NATURE;

AN ATTEMPT TO PROVE THAT WHAT IS PASSIONATE AND PLEASING
IN THE ART OF SINGING, SPEAKING, AND PERFORMING
UPON MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, IS DERIVED

FROM THE SOUNDS

OF

THE ANIMATED WORLD.

WITH CURIOUS AND INTERESTING ILLUSTRATIONS,

BY

WILLIAM GARDINER,
AUTHOR OF “SACRED MELODIES,” “ ORATORIO OF JUDAH,” “MUSIC AND

FRIENDS,” “SIGHTS IN ITALY;" EDITOR OF THE “LIVES OF HAYDN AND
MOZART,” ETC; MEMBER OF THE ACADEMY OF ST. CECILIA, ROME; AND OF THE
CLASS OF FINE ARTS DE L'INSTITUTE HISTORIQUE DE FRANCE.

THIRD EDITION.

LONDON:
LONGMAN, BROWN, GREEN, AND LONGMANS,

PATERNOSTER ROW.

HARVARD UNIVERSITY LIBRARY DEC 13 1961

MICROFILMED AT HARVARD

THOMAS MOORE, Esq.

MY DEAR Sir,

In dedicating this work to you, I am well aware that the sanction of your name will confer upon it an honor much above its merits; but to whom could I address my performance with so much propriety, as to our greatest Lyric Poet, who has united the Music of Nature to his verse, with a success unattained by any other writer of the

present age.

I am, dear Sir, with great regard,

Your obliged and faithful Servant,

WILLIAM GARDINER

LEICESTER, June 4th, 1832.

ADVERTISEMENT

TO THE AMERICAN EDITION.

The publishers take pleasure in presenting to the public, and especially to professors, students, and amateurs in music, this very able work, originally published in England in 1832, upon a science or art, which is daily receiving increased attention. It would be difficult to name a work in the language, combining in so high a degree acute observation, philosophical analysis, and apt illustration.

In this volume the reader will notice that there is an omission of two pages following p. 186, and of four pages following each p. 292 and 408. In the original, the first omission was supplied with the plate now fronting the title page; the other two omissions were never supplied by anything. This volume contains the same that the original does.

Boston, October, 1837.

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