Arthur Conan Doyle quote about music from A Study in Scarlet - Do you remember what Darwin says about music? He claims that the power of producing and appreciating it existed among the human race long before the power of speech was arrived at.
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Do you remember what Darwin says about music? He claims that the power of producing and appreciating it existed among the human race long before the power of speech was arrived at.
 Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet (1887). copy citation

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Author Arthur Conan Doyle
Source A Study in Scarlet
Topic music humanity appreciation
Date 1887
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/244/244-h/244-h.htm

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“He was very late in returning—so late, that I knew that the concert could not have detained him all the time. Dinner was on the table before he appeared.
«It was magnificent,» he said, as he took his seat. «Do you remember what Darwin says about music? He claims that the power of producing and appreciating it existed among the human race long before the power of speech was arrived at. Perhaps that is why we are so subtly influenced by it. There are vague memories in our souls of those misty centuries when the world was in its childhood.»
«That's rather a broad idea,» I remarked.” source

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