Somewhere in the distance a meadowlark began its melodic whistle, and a hen sang industriously up by the house.
It was so early recognized as characteristic of Chopin that a magnificent example may be seen at the end of Schumann's little tone-portrait of him in the Carnaval: a very advanced Wagnerian passage on another principle constitutes the bulk of the development in the first movement of Beethoven's sonata Les Adieux; while even in the " Golden Age " of music, and within the limits of pure diatonic concord, the unexpectedness of many of Palestrina's chords is hardly less Wagnerian than the perfect smoothness of the melodic lines which combine to produce them.
Again it is here that we can most readily trace the important changes which he wrought in melodic idiom.
The music is generally emotional, the expression direct and passionate; there is no lack of melodic charm and originality, yet the total effect is frequently disappointing.
Somewhere in the distance, a Meadowlark called, its melodic song adding sweetness to the smell of wild roses.