THIS book was planned with a view to placing before the general reader the main facts that would enable him to appreciate music intelligently. Many people have made the remark, "I'm fond of music, but I don't understand it." It was felt that a work of this sort would go far toward remedying any such lack of knowledge, and enlightening the non-musician as well as the more or less experienced concert-goer. By perusing these pages the reader could make himself familiar with the various historical schools of music, the lives of the great composers, the qualities that made their works become known and stay in the repertoire, the use of the instruments, the various musical forms, and a number of special subjects.
In the years that have elapsed since this book was first issued, much progress has taken place in music, and many changes have come about, whether for better or worse. So it has been deemed advisable to add a chapter covering this period, and discussing the modernist tendencies of the day as well as the recent composers and their work.
During these twelve years, also, the advent of the radio has brought music before a much larger public than concert or operatic audiences, which were necessarily limited. With such a greatly increased number of people paying attention to good music, it is felt that this work, which offers a thorough musical education from the auditor's point of view, will be of increased use and service to those who listen to music with a wish to know something about it.