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Excerpt from Psychology for Music Teachers: The Laws of Thought Applied to Sounds and Their Symbols, With Other Relevant Matter
The term Psychology is so widely known that it is, in many cases, employed without any real meaning being attached to it, somewhat like the devout old lady's Blessed word Mesopo tamia. Sometimes in a critic's notice of a new musical composition, he speaks of its psychological contents. What does he mean, or does he attach any definite meaning to such an expression? Looked at with a due sense of the meaning of words we may say that the whole of any musical composition is an illustration of Psychology. This may be said of the most frivolous comic song equally with the most profound orchestral work. But the critic would scout the idea that there was any Psychology in a comic song or a waltz. Such being the case it would be interesting to have his definition of Psychology. He, with extreme indignation, would probably reply that the above remarks were, to him, a most interesting psychological study. This form of withering sarcasm is very popular with speakers and writers of the present day. Wherever found, it suggests that the person who made the remark is profoundly ignorant of the science of Psychology.
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