The Record Book: A Music Lover's Guide to the World of the Phonograph

The Record Book: A Music Lover's Guide to the World of the Phonograph

The Record Book: A Music Lover's Guide to the World of the Phonograph

The Record Book: A Music Lover's Guide to the World of the Phonograph

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This book has been written and designed as a source of information for the thousands of people who have discovered the pleasure of owning and listening to recorded music. It endeavors to give real meaning to the bare titles listed in the record catalogues -- to provide the buyer with a guide to the quality of a given recording and performance, and to convey some idea of the character of the music itself. The author also hopes to stimulate interest in unfamiliar, but none the less great, musical masterpieces and to offer a few new slants on some of the accepted ones.

Though The Record Book contains a certain amount of historical fact, it is not intended as a history of music in any sense of the word. It has been written from the listener's rather than from the scholar's point of view. The evaluations of the thousands of records listed in the book, as well as the author's statements about composers and their works, are based upon his long experience as an enthusiastic collector of recorded music.

The listings in The Record Book encompass most of the material in the domestic record catalogues in the field of symphonic, keyboard, chamber, and vocal music. Included also are some of the more important and interesting recordings of light, popular, and folk music. As the book goes to press, the listings are accurate in so far as is humanly possible. Your record store can inform you of any future change of price or catalogue number.

The author hopes and believes that The Record Book will be of real service to those who use it. He will gratefully receive any suggestions for its improvement and will give them careful consideration for incorporation in the next edition.

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