Essays on Music

Essays on Music

Essays on Music

Essays on Music

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In February, 1952, a great scholar departed from us, still animated, at three-score-and-eleven years, with such plans and projects as had characterized a busy and fruitful life. Now comes posterity, Alfred Einstein's heir, to take official inventory of the substantial estate in the shape of great books, admirable essays, and some unpublished manuscripts. The books are in the library of many devoted students and lovers of music, they are fascinating and invaluable guides for all of us. The articles, many of them, are accessible in well-known musical journals; but others are hidden in learned professional periodicals, some of which are foreign to the English-speaking world; while a number of the manuscripts patently demand the printer's ink.

My long-standing friendship with my honored colleague, as well as the confidence of Mrs. Einstein and the Publishers, assigned to me the difficult task--and the privilege--of selecting from this estate a sheaf of papers to be gathered into a volume, a sort of salute to this rare connoisseur of music and its ways. Shall I make a list, add, subtract? My hands move hesitatingly among the papers; there can still be felt on them another hand's warmth, a noble, friendly hand, and the steady . . .

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