This book needs no apology in a foreword. It covers the grandest of all the arts, the only one with universal appeal--MUSIC.
Music gives pleasure to all classes. Those who cannot appreciate a priceless painting, a fine book, a treasured print or a perfect poem can still find enjoyment in music. They may not be able to read or write, but--instinctively --they sing.
Songs inspire! Some of the world's greatest music was written in time of stress. And what a story each one conveys. To us the MARSEILLAISE is France. The STAR SPANGLED BANNER is America. HOME, SWEET HOME expresses longing for the spot we love best. OH! SUSANNA paints a picture of pioneers and California gold. The battlefields of the North and South echoed GLORY HALLELUJAH, DIXIE and THE BONNIE BLUE FLAG. And in our own time, who can forget the thrill of OVER THERE?
Example after example can be given, but the outstanding fact is that collectors will find a new field--green pastures--in OLD MUSIC. It combines the print and book feature, the early imprint angle, and the historical and literary aspect. And there is the pleasure of knowing that thousands of fine copies of music are still in obscure attics, basements and book stores.
The aim of this book is to provide some general information on all subjects and everything listed is actually in existence today. It must be remembered that this is not a complete history of every sheet of music published in this country, but a cross-section of the more interesting and important items. The Directory of Early American Music Publishers will clear up many questions.
The authors will welcome any further information about items included or not included in this work. Address all communications to Harry Dichter, 5346 W. Columbia Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa.