Writings on the organ abound and books on the history of the organ - how to play it, how to listen to it, and even how to build it - are quite numerous. However, one aspect of the organ has hitherto remained more or less neglected. One whole section of the history and development of the organ remains in the twilight. This huge oversight is the mechanical or barrel organ, which played so great a part in church music in the early days and, later, was to become a king in its own right in the field of secular music. Mr. Ord-Hume, a noted scholar in the collecting and repair of musical boxes and player pianos, has compiled in this one volume the most comprehensive historical, mechanical, and musical analysis of the barrel organ to the present day. Thus, the twilight and neglect are no more.
A very good copy, tightly bound in original black cloth-covered boards, with silver gilt to the spine. In an illustrated, clipped dust jacket, with some minor wear, but otherwise in good condition. Some very minor foxing to endpapers, but otherwise a good bright copy. Illustrated throughout with b/w diagrams and images.