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Manufacturing the Muse: Estey Organs and Consumer Culture in Victorian America (Music/Culture) Paperback – July 29, 2002
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"Manufacturing the Muse will make a superb addition to existing literature on American musical culture, business history and the monumental development of American society into a consumer society. An impressive, fascinating and readable book that deserves wide circulation and much acclaim." (Craig H. Roell, Professor of American Business and Cultural History, Georgia Southern University)
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It is much more than a history of the reed organ, it teaches one about the cultural background of the era, its customs, expectations and I presume, how many lived in this time.
As a reed organ enthusiast, it has helped me understand the instrument on levels beyond the mechanical aspects. As a student of music, it taught me many things I never knew and feel better equipped because of it.
While based on a history of the Estey Organ Company, Estey Oragn Co,. is not the main character, but the time period of a forgotten era is front stage. One learns alot about Estey, yet as it was placed in the business envrionment of the time.
The rapid rise, importance, and equally rapid decline in the reed organ is well documented. It will give one an appreciation for these gems of a musical instrument and an era not that far in the past.
Estey Organ Museum website and the Estey Pipe Organ Opus List website.
The nice added feature of the book is the CD with organ music! It lets the reader listen and hear the true sounds of natural music compared to the electronic music of today!
The book tells of the history, it's pictorial content is great and for any organ lover, it can be a treasured purchase!
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Book was as described in EXCELLENT condition and even included CD which is usually missing.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book. Provides the historical and cultural background as well as specifics about Estey.Published 7 months ago by Joseph Osborne