The Dial; A Monthly Review and Index of Current Literature Volume 2

The Dial; A Monthly Review and Index of Current Literature Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882-01-01 edition. Excerpt: ... inclosure between book covers. A Book, every word in which is old, may only in paradox be termed new; yet many books altogether new will fail to secure the greeting which will be awarded to the copious and elegant volume, "Our Familiar Songs and Those Who Made Them," prepared by Helen Kendrick Johnson, and published by Henry Holt & Co. The lady's industry--which has been simply prodigious--has gathered together more than three hundred standard songs classified under natural and suggestive heads: "Reminiscence," "Home," "Exile," " Of the Sea," "Nature," "Sentiment," "Hopeless Love," "Happy Love," "Pleas, antry," "Convivial," "Political," "Martial and Patriotic," "Moral and Religious." Prof. Edward S. Cummings has acted as musical editor of the volume, and his skill has been successfully employed in rearranging accompaniments or in writing new ones. Mechanically, the book is beautiful in all respects; it is not so fine as to constitute it a mere table ornament--it is as substantial as it is superb. Each song is prefaced with some account of the writer of the words and the composer of the music. Mrs. Johnson has shown good sense as well as good taste in omitting biographical data concerning those who are well known, while her patient and curious research has recovered from musty ana of the sister arts--the musical and dramatic--a vast amount of extremely interesting information about the songwriters. It may fitly be said of them that, in proportion to the recognition they have enjoyed from mankind, whether in homage or purse, they have rendered the race greater and meetcr service than any other class...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 490g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236590805
  • 9781236590800