In talking about his 125 music boxes, the blind pianist introduces a world of sound, of related musical matters, and...

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ALEC TEMPLETON'S MUSIC BOXES

In talking about his 125 music boxes, the blind pianist introduces a world of sound, of related musical matters, and incidents of his own career. As he indicates the individual characteristics and personalities of the boxes (which are often in jugs, clocks, albums, models, or even a Christmas tree base), he gives the story of how he cames to acquire each one and which have a special place in his collection, and in telling of the pieces each plays he then includes bits and music of period, historical, biographical, musical background. There is a section on his chiming clocks and on the bells and gongs -- and the canary -- that are part of his sonic world, with, naturally, an account of the makers and mechanics of the boxes themselves. A book that will have its appeal for fellow collectors, this is a pleasant visit with an informed hobbyist.

Pub Date: Oct. 29, 1958

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Wilfred Funk

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1958