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Vintage Music Book,  A Birds-Eye History of Music  by Dr. Eduard Reeser, 1950 Symphonia Books Series

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Vintage Music Book, A Birds-Eye History of Music by Dr. Eduard Reeser, 1950 Symphonia Books Series

The Symphonia Books Series, published by the Continental Book Company in Stockholm, was a lovely effort to present a compendious look at all aspects of the world of music, its history, its composers, its various genres and national types, including both secular and church compositions. The volume here presented, "A Birds-Eye History of Music", is exactly that - a brief introduction to the various epochs in music, from ancient times on through to the twentieth century. The book is translated from the Dutch and illustrated with monochrome half-tone pictures.


1. The Beginnings: Music in the Ancient World
2. The Music of the Early Church
3. The Rise of Polyphony
4. Medieval Popular Music: The Troubadours
5. Secular Polyphonic Music in the 14th Century
6. Polyphonic Music in the 15th and 16th Centuries
7. The Climax of the Polyphonic Music
8. The Rise of the Opera in the 16th and 17th Centuries
9. Instrumental Music in the 17th Century
10. Bach and Handel
11. Instrumental Music in the Mid 18th Century
12. Opera in the Second Half of the 18th Century
13. Haydn, Motzart, Beethoven and Schubert
14. Opera in the Early 19th Century
15. 19th Century Romanticism: Chopin to Wagner
16. The Mid 19th Century: Nationalism in Music
17. The End of the 19th Century: Impressionism
18. Present-Day Music - and the Future.

SERIES: Symphonia Books
TITLE: A Birds-Eye History of Music
AUTHOR: Eduard Reeser
TRANSLATOR : W. A. G. Doyle-Davidson
DATE: [1950]
PLACE: Stockholm, Sweden
IMPRINT: Continental Book Co.

Contains a fold-out time-chart of musical history - on the reverse of this are some charts showing the parts of an orchestra and a survey showing the commonest intervals, chords and scales; there are 20 black-and-white half-tone illustrations; has a preface; 87 pages; approximately 7 1/2" x 10 1/4"; paper-covered boards, decorated in brown, black and white. Printed on glossy paper.

Exterior - Impact creases to the foot of the spine; boards have a decided yawn, else clean and presentable

Binding - Binding slightly cracked between pp 32 & 33, else solid with no loose or detached leaves

Interior - Clean and presentable - the impact creases continue through the book, but are not particularly egregious. A previous owner's small address label is neatly affixed to the front fly-leaf.

Vintage Music Book, A Birds-Eye History of Music by Dr. Eduard Reeser, 1950 Symphonia Books Series


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