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The origin of Greece-fabulous history to be cautiously received-inven-
tions of Minerva, Pan, Mercury, Apollo--celebrated places--names
and origin of the muses—names and influence of the Syrens—Dr. J.
Johnson's opinion-Olympus and Orpheus-improvement of the lyre
-musical achievements of Museus, Chiron, Amphion, &c -reflections
upon Grecian music-musical attainments of Terpander, Pythagoras,
&c.-names, origin, and influence of the national games--Roman
music-derived from the Greeks-extensively cultivated-kinds of
instruments used--Dr. Burney quoted-Nero's musical character-
plays on his lyre while Rome is burning.....
The Church contributed to the improvement of music-St. Ambrose-St.
Gregory-their improvements—their system examined—the organ first
introduced into the Church-Alfred the Great patronized music-
Romish Church favourable in its constitution to the accomplishment
of any object—bards and minstrels common in several nations-Ossian
quoted—William the Conqueror-anecdotes of Taillefer, Master Henry
the versifier-Chaucer referred to further account of minstrels -
Spencer quoted--statute passed by Elizabeth for their suppression-
Italian music-Gurdo Aretino's improvements—Palestrina, Scarletti,
Corelli, Tartini, their improvements-Calvin, Luther, and Latimer
referred to-Marbeck, Bull, Carey, Purcell, Pepusch, Handel, Haydn,
The influence of Musical Festivals — Madrigal Society -- Philharmonic
Concerts-Society for Decayed Musicians-effect of the Cromwellian
Revolution on Music-effects of the Restoration on Music-Dr. Crigh-
ton and others referred to—notices of Dr. Green, Dr. Boyce, Sir John
Hawkins, Dr. Arnold, Dr. Burney, Charles Wesley, Samuel Wesley,
James Leach, Dr. Miller, W. Edward Miller, Samuel Stanley, Will
Matthews, and Marmaduke Miller...