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A chronology covering 1900-1979 of "facts, thoughts, and ideas about music." Nicolas Slonimsky's introduction states that the author's selection of "quotations from the contemporary press, both in praise of the events and otherwise, provide a panorama of extraordinary effect of an art in flux, an evolution of new forms, an ermegence of new ideas."
An extensive descriptive chronology provides the backbone of the book, as the great lexicographer, musicologist and storyteller Nicolas Slonimsky offers a narrative walk through the major events in Western music for the better part of the 20th century. A dictionary of terms and a comprehensive index make this a most valuable source.