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| CHAPTER XXVIII.

THE GROWTH OF AMERICAN CITIES.

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! THE RUSSIAN CONSPIRATORS.

AN ARCHDEACON ON ANTHEMS.j

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AN ARCHDEACON ON ANTHEMS. At a special service of anthems—intended to illus- trate the rise and progress of English sacred music — held on the evening of Ascension Day at St. Mar- garet's, Westminster, Archdeacon Farrar delivered an address on Anthems," in which he sketched the birth and gradual development of this form of music in England. He said that the first known example US of music in this country was a lovely little poem written by an Englishman in Reading Abbey about tbe year 1230, entitled, in modern English, "Summer has come, in loud sings the cuckoo." For more than 300 years after that date all connected trace of English music disappeared, and the only inference was chat it was all destroyed in the destruction of the abbeys, About 1500 we met with Euglish muric again, and tbe degree of maturity shown by many composers of and after that date necessarily implied a large growth of skill during the interval." The period, dated from the Reformation, marked a great change in anthems, which, instead of being works for performance en masse, began to contain solos, airs, and recitatives, and dig- nity was less studied than emotion and variety. The change was introduced from France and Italy to gratify the taste of Charles II., who liked sprightly music, "something that he could beat time to."

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