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The Book of World-Famous Music: Classical, Popular, and Folk (Fifth Edition, Revised and Enlarged) (Dover Books on Music) Paperback – February 15, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Books on Music
  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Fifth Edition, Revised, Enlarged edition (February 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486414752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486414751
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael Beckerman on January 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book has been around for a while, and has lots of wonderful things in it. It does not, however, always represent the highest standards of scholarship. After all, how could it? He's discussing dozens of tunes and one can't be on top of all of them equally. This doesn't mean anything if you're reading for entertainment, but just don't believe everything you read. The entry on "Happy Birthday," for example relies on third hand testimony (referenced in the footnotes as if that made it authoritative) and unfortunately, the effect is to impugn Mildred Hill, composer of the original version, titled "Good Morning to All" by implying that she took it from earlier themes. Most weird is that the author mentions the tune Bishopsthorpe by Clarke, implying that it's opening measures are the basis for "Happy Birthday's" final four bars. Not only are there significant differences between the two, to confuse the four four bars of a hymn tune in 4/4 with the last bars of another song in 3/4 with any implication that they are related is just wrong.

In many ways Mr. Fuld has done a great thing with this book, and has pulled together lots of different kinds of work. But when suggesting that people have based their work on the work of others, as is clearly done in the "Happy Birthday" piece, one must really do the legwork oneself and look at all the antecedants first hand. The author has not done this, so each article should not be considered an end in itself--actually articles should never be--but really the beginning of digging.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By marcat on October 19, 2011
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This is a scholarly book in a user-friendly disguise. If you've ever wondered about the origin of a song or some other music, rely on this book to give you the straight dope. So the Ingalls family sang "Jingle Bells" on an episode of "Little House on the Prairie?" Had it been written yet? This book will tell you.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 2001
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Interesting, clear and in-depth - a truly terrific and handy book. The author, over his lifetime, assembled multiple and varying actual examples of the works listed, at each stage of their development, and created timelines for their progression, making the leap from collector to historian. It is from Fuld's physical safeguarding of centuries old musical ephemera that we have such original examples today - and it is from Fuld's fine mind that we have each song's musical and lyrical origin, and combination, and progression through time. Fuld is the founder of popular music as an academic field and as a collectible field.
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