He coaxed one melody after another from the old piano, and then finally he folded the lid down.
Melody must not make more than one wide skip in the same direction, because by so doing it would cause an awkward change of vocal register.
Those instruments of which the tones and compass are most suitable for polyphonic melody are for the most part high in pitch; a circumstance which, in conjunction with the practice (initiated by the monodists and ratified by science and common sense) of reckoning chords upwards from the bass, leads to the conclusion that the instruments which hold the main threads in the design shall be supported where necessary by a simple harmonic filling-out on some keyed instrument capable of forming an unobtrusive background.
The modern Wagnerian conductor is apt to complain that Beethoven, in his four-bar phrase, drowns a melody which lies in the weakest register of the clarinet by a crowd of superfluous notes in oboes, horns and flutes.
But one of the Rhine: daughters tells him that " he who could make the gold into a ring would become master of the world," and to these words the so-called Ring-motif is first sung (see Melody, Example II).