How to Make a Violin and Violin Notes

by John Broadhouse and Ole Bull

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With an attention for detail, John Broadhouse explains how to build a violin. The work is well illustrated to help explain the process, and all the options available. Broadhouse produced numerous works, including Musical Acoustics; or, The Phenomena of Sound as Connected with Music (1892), and Henry Smart’s Compositions for the Organ (1880). Although he was deeply invested in music, he preferred to let the music speak for him and little is known about Broadhouse’s life outside of music.This edition is dedicated to the musicians of All Souls Unitarian Church, Washington D.C. extraordinary ministers of healing sounds.




A Description and History of the Pianoforte

by A. J. Hipkins
Illustrated by John Hipkins

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Alfred James Hipkins spend a lifetime surrounded by music. Born on June 17, 1826, in England, he began his career at the age of 14, working as a piano tuner. He was such an expert at it, that by the age of 20 he was in charge of training other tuners for John Broadwood & Sons Ltd, where he worked for the rest of his life. Despite his expertise on tuning, he was not professionally trained to play, but became well-known for his ability to play, especially pieces by Chopin. He also became an esteemed writer of musically related books, namely on history and construction of instruments.



Complete Instructive Manual for the Bugle, Trumpet and Drum: Signals and Calls for the US Military Service and Boy Scouts’ Service

by V. F. Safranak

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Drill signals, quicksteps, sound offs, and more are the contents of this manual, which is aimed at those in the armed services, school bands, and scouting. V. F. Safranek gives an extremely detailed account, even covering how to properly tie trumpet cords. The manual does require some working knowledge of how to play the instruments, if only to know the proper sound of each note. It offers a great deal of information on proper hand salutes, gestures, and how to do movements in formation. It includes a basic understanding of how to read a musical chart, how to hold an instrument, and how to care for it.


Bedouins: Mary Garden, Debussy, Chopin and More

by James Huneker

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Croquet was all the rage in England in 1860s. It derived from earlier games, and was introduced by France. Interest in the game spread to the United States. The different forms of croquet, and similar games such as golf, trucco, pall-mall, and kolven, actually derive from games dating as far back as the Middle Ages.

Horace Elisha Scudder, 1838-1902, wrote this book under the pseudonym R. Fellow. Scudder was a prolific writer and used numerous nom de plumes. He is perhaps best known for his work as a children’s author, with such books as Seven Little People and Their Friends (1862), Dream Children (1864), and writing the textbook, A History of the United States of America Preceded By a Narrative of the Discovery and Settlement of North America and of the Events Which Led to the Independence of the Thirteen English Colonies for the Use of Schools and Academies. Although published in 1884, it became a paradigm for textbooks. He also served as the editor of The Atlantic Monthly. He died at the age of 64 at his home in Boston.


Overtones: A Book of Temperaments

by James Huneker

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James Gibbons Huneker was born in 1857 in Philadelphia. He began his life with a career in law in order to please his parents, but at 21 abandoned that path, and fled to Paris to learn piano, accompanied by his pregnant girlfriend. He only spent a year there, which he enjoyed tremendously, despite poverty. He unhappily returned to Philadelphia with wife and child in tow. He continued to try and learn music, but gave up his dreams of playing an instrument, and instead focused on writing broadly about music and the arts. He ended up moving to New York, without his family, and immersing himself fully in the arts scene. He wrote primary for the New York Sun as an arts critic, but he also penned pieces for Harper’s, Theatre, and Scribner’s, among numerous other works.

Huneker was well-known for supporting new artists well before they became part of the canon, including Henrik Ibsen, Thomas Hardy, Anton Chekhov, Richard Wagner, Claude Debussy, George Bernard Shaw, Paul Gauguin, and Vincent van Gogh among numerous others. While Huneker was well traveled in social circles, and his writings appreciated, they did not pay a great deal. He died of pneumonia at the age of 64.


A Dictionary of Old English Music & Musical Instruments

by Jeffrey Pulver

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Jeffrey Pulver wrote numerous works on music, including Paganini, the Romantic Virtuoso, and Aids to Elementary Violin Playing. This particular work seeks to rescue and herald the English history of music, and to elevate it to the status of music found in France, Italy and other European nations in particular. The focus of this work in the words of Pulver:

“The history of music in England, dealing with the five centuries that lie between the period which made the Reading rota possible and the death of Purcell, is a story of unimaginable fascination. Yet in spite of the labours of a few faithful workers who fought, with weak weapons, to win their merited place for the musicians of England in the affection and regard of their countrymen, it was only comparatively recently that we awoke to the fact that our musical history is as glorious a one as that possessed by any other country of Europe.”


Deep Sea Chanties: Old Sea Songs

by Frank Shay, Illustrated by Edw. A. Wilson, Introduction by William McFee

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Deep Sea Chanties offers a unique lens upon seafaring life punctuated with fabulous woodcut illustrations by Edward A. Wilson. From the editor, Frank Shay: “In bringing these songs together I have sought to catch for the moment the spirit of the men of the clipper-ship era. That glorious period, marked roughly by the Mexican War and the California gold rush, is finding perpetuation in the enthusiasms of those who love the sea and ships. Ship models, romances and tales of the sea, log books and nautical instruments so eagerly sought after by these enthusiasts are, after all, but outward symbols of the men who trod the decks and warped and reefed the sails. Those deeds were not accomplished with out song and the songs they sang were from their own souls: not written for them by poets and ballad-mongers. In reading them we are made privy not only to the singer but to the audience: their thoughts, their lives, and their environment.”

This new edition is dedicated to India D’Avignon, lifelong champion of the importance of music in our daily lives.