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"THE HERITAGE OF MUSIC" Vols I & II. Edited by Hubert J. Foss. 1934.

2 x Hardcover volumes published by Oxford University Press in 1934. Vol I = First edition, second impression in green hardcover. Vol II = First Edition in red hardcover. Dimensions: 19.5cm x 13.5cm approx.

An interesting collection of 24 "studies" of composers written by musicians. The studies cover Da Palestrina, Bach, Purcell, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Glinka, Wagner, Franck, Byrd, The Scarlattis, Les Clavecinistes, Handel, Gluck, Weber, Berlioz, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Chopin, Liszt, Verdi, and Wolf.

528 pages in total.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copies with normal library markings. Some wear/rubbing/marking/fading to hardcovers. Spines cracked in a couple of places internally. Internal pages good. Bindings tight.

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THE THEORY OF MUSICAL COMPOSITION - Treated with a View to a Naturally Consecutive Arrangement of Topics" Vol I by Gottfried Weber. 1851.

Hardcover Edition in two-tone green calf covers, published by Messrs. Robert Cocks and Co, London in 1851. Dimensions: 25cm x 15.5cm approx.

An extremely scarce volume, this is volume I only of what we believe to be a two volume set. The work is widely regarded as the most important to be published by Weber - a prominent German writer on the subject of music (particularly music theory). Weber was born in 1779 and died in 1839 and this edition is a translation of the third (enlarged and improved) German edition, with notes, by James F. Warner. It is edited, with additions "drawn from the German original" by John Bishop.

Already a rare volume, this particular copy is made even more interesting by the fact that has a unique provenance. This copy bears an inscription to one of the free endpapers: "Anne Georgina Knox, The gift of Lord Belfast, 1852", it is also signed "**** A. Knox from Belfast". In addition, the volume has a bookplate to the front paste-down in the name of "William Dunville" and also has the inscribed name of "Anne G. Dunville as A. G. Knox". The exact circumstances of the inscriptions and the gif by Lord Belfast is unkown however, research has shown that Anne Georgina Dunville is almost certainly the married name of Anne Georgina Knox, who married into the Dunville family - famous for their ownership of Dunville & Co of Belfast, the distillers of Dunville's Whisky. Anne Georgina Knox was the daughter of the Archdeacon of Killaloe and granddaughter of the Bishop of Limerick.

415 pages.

Condition:  Good for its age. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of rubbing/wear/fading/marking to covers. Spine slightly cracked at title page. Internal pages good with some yellowing to preliminary pages and a few light pencil notes. Binding tight.

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"THE GREAT TONE POETS - Being Short Memoirs of the Greater Musical Composers"  by Frederick Crowest.   1926.

Hardcover "New Illustrated" Edition in green cloth covers, published by Foulis, London in 1926. Dimensions: 18.5cm x 13cm approx. 

An interesting collection of biographies of Bach, Handel, Gluck, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Spohr, Weber, Rossini, Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Schumann.

372 pages with 13 tipped-in illustrations (frontispiece in colour).

Condition:  Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Spine cracked at front hinge. Internal pages good with slight yellowing. Binding tight.

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"ALLA BREVE - From Bach to Debussy"  by Carl Engel.   1921.

Hardcover Second Edition in plain board covers with brown cloth spine, published by G. Schirmer, Inc, New York in 1921. Dimensions: 19cm x 13.5cm approx. 

An interesting volume that covers Bach, Handel, Gluck, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Weber, Schubert, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Wagner, Verdi, Franck, Brahms, Tschaikowsky, Grieg, and Debussy.

286 pages.

Condition:  Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Some wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Internal pages good with slight yellowing. Binding tight.

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"INSTRUMENTATION AND ARRANGING FOR THE RADIO AND DANCE ORCHESTRA"  by Norman Ellis.   1936.

Hardcover First Edition in burgundy cloth covers, published by Roell Publications, Inc, New York in 1936. Dimensions: 27.5cm x 18cm approx. 

An interesting volume that primarily deals with the technique of "instrumentation", based on years of study and practical arranging experience by the author. Chapters include "Instruments and their Range", "Rythm Instruments", "Chord Chart and Instruments in Family Groups", "Scoring for Small and Large Orchestras" and much more.

193 pages.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Some wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Internal pages good with some yellowing.   Binding tight.

 

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"SIX GREAT RUSSIAN COMPOSERS"  by Donald Brook.  1946.

Hardcover First Edition in red cloth covers, published by Rockliff, London in 1946.  Dimensions: 22.5cm x 14.5cm approx. 

An interesting volume that covers Glinka, Borodin, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Scriabin. The book provides "concise biographies for the concert-goer and music-student." 

193 pages plus a number of black and white photographs.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking to covers and spine. Corners slightly bumped. Internal pages good with some yellowing and minor edge wear. Binding tight.

 

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"DANCE ARRANGING - A Guide to Scoring for the American Dance Orchestra"  by Paul Weirick.   c.1930.

Hardcover FirstEdition in beige cloth covers, published by Witmark Educational Publications, New York. The volume is undated but we believe it to be c.1930. Dimensions: 26.5cm x 18cm approx. 

An interesting volume that seeks to "present the essential details of dance arranging in a simple and direct manner."

142 pages.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Boards slightly warped. Some wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Internal pages good. Binding tight.

 

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"RELAXATION STUDIES IN THE MUSCULAR DISCRIMINATIONS REQUIRED FOR TOUCH, AGILITY, AND EXPRESSION IN PIANOFORTE PLAYING"  by Tobias Matthay.   1908.

Hardcover First Edition in green cloth covers, published by Bosworth & Co, Ltd, London in 1908. Dimensions: 29.5cm x 24cm approx. 

An very scarce and interesting volume on muscular relaxation aimed at pianists. The author offers "the exercise-material for the study, retention, and direct teaching of the muscular expertnesses required in Piano Technique."

142 pages.

Condition:  Reasonable. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Has been re-bound for library use. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Boards slightly warped.  Corners bumped. Internal pages good with some yellowing and slight wear. Binding tight.

 

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"THE CONTRAPUNTAL HARMONIC TECNIQUE OF THE 18TH CENTURY"  by Allen Irvine McHose.   1947.

Hardcover First Edition in green cloth covers, published by F. S. Crofts & Company, New York in 1947. Dimensions: 26cm x 19cm approx. 

A comprehensive volume on harmonic and contrapuntal techniques.

433 pages.

Condition:  Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers which also have a few bumps. Corners bumped. Internal pages good with just slight yellowing and edge wear. Binding tight.

 

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"COUNTERPOINT"  by J. Frederick Bridge.   c.1900.

Hardcover Edition in printed board covers with black cloth spine, published by Novello, Ewer & Co, London .  The volume is undated but we believe it to be c.1900 (though it could be a bit earlier).  Dimensions: 22cm x 14cm approx. 

This interesting volume is part of a series of more than 90 titles that formed the "Music Primers and Educational Series" by this publisher. The series was edited by John Stainer and Dr. C. Hubert H. Parry.

The volume being offered here is an interesting introduction to Counterpoint.

84 pages.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Corners bumped. Slight damage to dedication page with a small piece missing. Internal pages good with some yellowing and a few minor marks.  Binding tight.

 

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"ANALYSIS OF FORM - As displayed in Beethoven's Thirty-Two Pianoforte Sonatas"  by H. A. Harding.   c.1900.

Hardcover Edition in printed board covers with black cloth spine, published by Novello & Co, Ltd, London.  The volume is undated but we believe it to be c.1900 (though it could be a bit earlier).  Dimensions: 28cm x 22cm approx. 

This interesting volume is part of a series of more than 90 titles that formed the "Music Primers and Educational Series" by this publisher. The series was edited by John Stainer and Dr. C. Hubert H. Parry.

The volume is well desribed by the title and also contains a description of the form of each movement for the use of students.

67 pages.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Corners bumped. Internal pages good with some yellowing and a few minor marks. Binding tight.

 

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"COMBINED AND FLORID COUNTERPOINT"  by George J. Bennett.   c.1900.

Softcover Edition in printed card covers, published by Novello & Co, Ltd, London. The volume is undated but we believe it to be c.1900 (though it could be a bit earlier).  Dimensions: 22cm x 14cm approx. 

This interesting volume is part of a series of more than 90 titles that formed the "Music Primers and Educational Series" by this publisher. The series was edited by John Stainer and Dr. C. Hubert H. Parry.

The volume being offered here is an interesting introduction to Combined and Florid Counterpoint.

96 pages.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Front cover is coming away from binding. Internal pages good with some yellowing, a few minor marks and some minor creasing.   Binding tight.

 

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"HARMONY - with an Appendix containing One Hundred Graduated Exercises"  by John Stainer.   c.1900.

Hardcover Edition in printed board covers with black cloth spine, published by Novello, Ewer & Co, London . The volume is undated but we believe it to be c.1900 (though it could be a bit earlier). Dimensions: 22cm x 14cm approx. 

This interesting volume is part of a series of more than 90 titles that formed the "Music Primers and Educational Series" by this publisher. The series was edited by John Stainer and Dr. C. Hubert H. Parry.

The volume being offered here is clear explanation of the "facts universally accepted as the ground-work of Harmony." 

124 pages.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Spine cracked at title page. Corners bumped. Front endpaper has a small hole in it. Internal pages good with some yellowing and a few minor marks. Binding tight.

 

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"COMPOSITION"  by John Stainer.   c.1900.

Hardcover Edition in printed board covers with black cloth spine, published by Novello, Ewer & Co, London . The volume is undated but we believe it to be c.1900 (though it could be a bit earlier). Dimensions: 22cm x 14cm approx. 

This interesting volume is part of a series of more than 90 titles that formed the "Music Primers and Educational Series" by this publisher. The series was edited by John Stainer and Dr. C. Hubert H. Parry.

The volume being offered here is a beginners guide to the art of composition. 

140 pages.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Spine cracked at title page. Corners bumped.  Internal pages good with some yellowing and a few minor marks. Binding tight.

 

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"STUDIES IN PHRASING AND FORM"  by Stewart Macpherson.  c.1912.

Hardcover Edition in green cloth covers, published by Joseph Williams, Ltd, London as part of their "Joseph Williams Handbooks on Music" series. The volume is undated but we believe it to be c.1912. Dimensions: 21.5cm x 13.5cm approx. 

136 pages.

Condition:  Reasonable. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Spine cracked at contents page. Internal pages good with just slight yellowing, a few minor marks and some pencil marking. Binding fairly tight.

 

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"COUNTERPOINT - STRICT AND FREE" by Ebenezer Prout.  1890.

Hardcover First Edition (Tenth Impression) in brown cloth cover, published by Augener, Ltd, London in 1890. Dimensions: 21.5cm x 14.5cm approx. 

A comprehensive volume on Counterpoint that includes Melodic and Harmonic Progression, The Harmonizing of a Given Melody, Cadences, The Harmonizing of Chorals, and much, much, more.

260 pages.

Condition:  Reasonable. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Spine cracked at front and rear hinges. Heavy wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers. Internal pages good if yellowed (preliminary pages particularly yellowed and a bit brittle). Binding fairly tight.

 

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"THE EVOLUTION OF MUSICAL FORM"  by Edward C. Bairstow.   1943.

Hardcover First Edition in blue cloth covers, published by Oxford University Press in 1943.  Dimensions: 18.5cm x 12.5cm approx. 

An interesting volume that originated from six lectures delivered at University College, Hull, as the Ferens Lectures for 1940. 

119 pages.

Condition:  Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Has been rebound for library use. Some wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Internal pages good.   Binding tight.

 

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"SIX LECTURES ON THE RECORDER AND OTHER FLUTES IN RELATION TO LITERATURE" by Christopher Welch.  1911.

Hardcover First Edition in burgundy cloth cover, published by Henry Frowde at Oxford University Press, London in 1911.  Dimensions: 22.5cm x 15cm approx. 

An extremely scarce volume that evolved out of lectures given by the author on the same subject and is, therefore, arranged in a similar style. The six 'lectures' are as follow: "Literary Errors on the Subject of the Recorder", "Tone and Effect of the Recorder", "Hamlet and the Recorder", "Shakespeare's Allusions to Flutes and Pipes", "Milton on Flutes and Flute Players" and "The Temple-Flute-Player and the Tomb-Piper".

The volume also contains 112 illustrations - some full-page and some in the text including what appear to be very rare facsimiles of earlier books on similar subjects.

457 pages.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers. Spine cracked at front and rear hinges. Internal pages good with just slight yellowing and very minor foxing. Binding tight.

 

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"THE LARGER FORMS OF MUSICAL COMPOSITION"  by Percy Goetschius.   1943.

Hardcover Second Edition in beige cloth covers, published by G. Schirmer, Inc, New York in 1943. Dimensions: 22.5cm x 15.5cm approx. 

"An exhaustive explanation of the variations, rondos and sonata designs, for the general student of musical analysis, and for the special student of structural composition." 

231 pages.

Condition:  Reasonable. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Spine cracked at front hinge. Internal pages good.   Binding tight.

 

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"PART-WRITING FOR BEGINNERS" by J. W. Ivimey and "THE COMPOSITION OF SIMPLE MELODIES" by Robert T. White.  c.1900.

2 x Softcover Editions in printed cloth covers, published by Novello & Co, Ltd, London.  Neither volume is dated but we believe them to be c.1900 (though they could be a bit earlier).  Dimensions: 21.5cm x 13.5cm approx. 

Two different volumes from "Novello's Elementary Music Manuals", the first being number 1 and the second being number 10.

No 1 = 15 pages, No 10 = 52.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copies with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Internal pages fairly good with some yellowing, a few minor marks and creases. Bindings tight.

 

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"THE PLAYING AND TEACHING OF BACH"  by James Ching.   1931.

Hardcover First Edition in red cloth covers, published by Forsyth Brothers, Ltd, London in 1931. Dimensions: 31cm x 25.5cm approx. 

Described as "A guide for Teachers, Students, and Examination Candidates."

59 pages.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Was originally in a pamphlet format (similar to sheet music) but has been bound in a hardcover for library purposes. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Boards slightly warped.  Internal pages good with just a couple of marks. Binding tight.

 

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"MUSCULAR RELAXATION"  by James Ching.   1927.

Hardcover First Edition in green cloth covers, published by Forsyth Brothers, Ltd, London in 1927. Dimensions: 31cm x 25.5cm approx. 

An interesting volume on muscular relaxation aimed at pianists. Includes pieces on "High Speed Work", "Delicacy of Touch", "Waste of Nervous Energy" and more.

12 pages.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Was originally in a pamphlet format (similar to sheet music) but has been bound in a hardcover for library purposes. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Boards slightly warped.  Internal pages good with just a couple of marks. Binding tight.

 

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"A SHORT HISTORY OF HARMONY AND THE LAWS AND EVOLUTION OF MUSIC"  by Chas. Macpherson and Jules Combarieu.   c.1930.

Hardcover First Edition in blue cloth covers, published by The Waverley Book Company, Ltd, London. The volume is undated but we beliveve it to be c.1930. Dimensions: 19cm x 13.5cm approx. 

Chapters include "The Birth of Harmony", "The Alliance of Harmony and Counterpoint", "Early Technical Practice", "The Dawn of Modern Harmony", and much, much more. 

334 pages.

Condition:  Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Internal pages good with just slight yellowing and a few minor marks. Binding tight.

 

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"THE CHOIRMASTER AND ORGANIST - A MANUAL"  by H. J. Staples.   1939.

Hardcover First Edition in blue cloth covers, published by The Epworth Press, London in 1939.  Dimensions: 19cm x 13.5cm approx. 

A great reference volume for anyone interested in Choirs or Organ playing. Divided into two sections - "The Choirmaster" and "The Organist" with comprehensive adviec on both roles in terms of Rehearsals, Time and Rythm, Enunciaton, Hymns, Anthems, and much, much more. 

159 pages.

Condition: Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Internal pages good with some yellowing. Binding tight.

 

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"THE TRAINING OF BOY CHORISTERS"  by H. C. L. Stocks.   1931.

Softcover First Edition in red card covers, published by "Musical Opinion" Office, London in 1931. Dimensions: 18.5cm x 12.5cm approx. 

An interesting and extremely scarce little reference volume for anyone interested in Choirs. 

30 pages.

Condition:  Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Internal pages good. Binding tight.

 

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"DIRECTIONS FOR SCORE-READING"  by Hans Gal.   1924.

Hardcover Edition in multi-coloured cloth covers, published by Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna in 1924. Dimensions: 19cm x 14cm approx. 

A manual directed at amateur readers that seeks to explain the "mysteries" of score-reading as well as the peculiarities of the instruments as well. 

50 pages.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Appears to have been published as a pamphlet and has been re-bound for library use. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Internal pages good with just slight yellowing and a few minor marks. Binding tight.

 

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"THE RYTHM OF MODERN MUSIC"  by C. F. Abdy Williams.  1909.

Hardcover First Edition in blue cloth covers, published by Macmillan and Co, Ltd, London in 1909. Dimensions: 21cm x 14.5cm approx. 

A very scarce volume that covers a large amount of information relating to Rythm. Whether or not the music refered to can still be considered "modern", we leave up to you!! 

321 un-trimmed pages.

Condition:  Reasonable. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers (spine covering in particular). Corners bumped.  Internal pages good with some yellowing and a few minor marks. Binding tight.

 

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"THE FOUNDATIONS OF MUSIC"  by Henry J. Watt.   1919.

Hardcover First Edition in orange cloth covers, published by Cambridge University Press in 1919. Dimensions: 23.5cm x 16.5cm approx. 

A sequel to the author's previous volume "The Psychology of Sound". Chapters include "The Nature of Interval", "The Musical Range of Pitch", "Consecutive Fifths" and much, much more.

239 pages.

Condition:  Reasonably. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Boards slightly warped. Internal pages good.   Binding tight.

 

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"FOUNDATIONS OF PRACTICAL HARMONY & COUNTERPOINT"  by R. O. Morris.   1936.

Hardcover Second Edition (First Re-print) in blue cloth covers, published by Macmillan & Co, Ltd, London in 1936.  Dimensions: 22cm x 14.5cm approx. 

148 pages.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Some wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Internal pages good. Binding tight.

 

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"DEAR MR ROSENTHAL.....DEAR MR GAISBERG....." by Bryan Crimp.  1987.

Softcover First Edition in white card cover, published by Archive Piano Recordings, West Sussex in 1987. Dimensions: 30cm x 21cm approx.

"An account of the making of Moriz Rosenthal's HMV recordings compiled from the correspondence of the pianist and his record producer, Fred Gaisberg."

95 pages.

Condition:  Very Good.

 

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"DIE WALKURE / THE VALKYRIE"  by Richard Wagner. c.1910.

Hardcover Edition in burgundy cloth covers, published by B. Schott's Sohne, Mainz.  The volume is undated but I would guess it to be c.1910.  Dimensions: 29.5cm x 22.5cm approx.

An interesting and fairly scarce volume which gives the score and words for Wagner's famous "Valkyrie". The text is in both German and English and the volume has three superbly illustrated title pages.

305 pages.

Condition:   Reasonable. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers which are a little "floppy". Spine cracked at front and rear hinges. Front free endpaper missing. Internal pages good. Slight damp marking to rear paste-down and rear free endpaper. Binding tight.

 

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"ROYAL PHILHARMONIC - The Annals of the Royal Philharmonic Society." by Robert Elkin. 1946.

Hardcover First Edition in blue cloth cover, published by Rider and Company, London in 1946.  Please note, the volume is not actually dated but, the foreword is dated 1946.  Dimensions: 23.5cm x 16cm approx.

An interesting and comprehensive history of the Royal Philharmonic Society.  The author's object was to "...produce an account which might interest musicians and music-lovers in general...." and also hoped "that the detailed information contained in the appendices may make the book useful in some degree as a work of reference."  Foreword by Pau Casals.

192 pages with 22 black and white photographs and illustrations.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Heavy wear/rubbing/fading to the covers. Internal pages slightly yellowed but otherwise very good. Binding tight.

 

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