ways laboured, will pardon this my compofer would endeavour to Tup-

preface. Cazberim V ade’.

Curious Ixtrafl: from Mr. Ron/watt’: letter an Franc/J mu/ic.

Ox i/n language mq/l proper fbr mu- fic, now trait/land.

T is eafy to conceive that fome languages are more proper for mulic than others, and that there may be fome languages totally im- proper for any. Of the latter kind would be a language compofed of tnixt founds, of mute, furd and nafal fyllables, of few fonorous vowels, and a great many confo- nants and articulations; and which might want fome of thofe eflential conditions which I fhall fpealc of under the article of meafure. For the fake ofcuriofity, let us enquire what would be the confequence ‘of applying mufic to fuch a lan- guage.

In the firll: place, the want of force in the found of the vowels would oblige the compofer to give a good deal to the notes, and be- caufe the language would be furd, the mufic would be noify. In the fecond place, the hardnefs and fre- quency of the confonants would oblige him to excludea great num- her of words, to proceed on others

only by elementary tones, f0 that

the mulic would be inlipid and mo- notonous. For the fame realion, it would be flow and tirefome, and when the movement fhould be ever fo little accelerated, its halle would referable that ofan hard and angular body rolling along on the pavement.

As fuch a mufic would be delli- tute of all agreeable melody, the

ply its place, by faétitious and un- natural beauties; it- would be charged with frequent and regular modulations; but cold, gracelefs, and inexprellive. Recourfe would be had to trills, flops, lhakes, and other falfe graces; which would ferve only to render the Tong more ridiculous, without rendering it lefs infipid.

A mufic attended with fuch fu- perfiuous ornament will be always faint and inexprefiive; while its images, deltitute of all force and energy, defcribe but a few objects in a great number ofnotes, exactly like Gothic writing, the lines of which are full of llrokes and cha- racters, yet contain only two or three words, and but a very {mall quantity of. meaning in a great {pace of paper.

The impollibility of inventing agreeable fongs would oblige the compofers to turn all their thoughts to the lide of harmony; and for want of natural beauties to intro- duce thofe of arbitrary falhion, which have no other merit than lies in the delicacy of the execu- tion. Thus inltead of compofing good mufic, they would compofe dijicult mufic; and to fupply the want offimple melody, would mul- tiply their accompanyments. It would coil them much lefs trou- ble to lay a great many bad things

one upon another, than t0 invent

one good one.

In order to remove the inlipidi- ty, they would increafe the confu- lion ; they would imagine they were makicg mulic when they were only making a noife.

Another effect which would re- fult from this defect of melody, is,

that the mulicians, having only a falfe