We've guessed wrong on some of these tabloid culture books -- so we may be wrong in this, but it seems to us that there is a downward limit to simplification, and this outsimplifies all simplifications of the theory of music for the herd. Purely impersonal superficial generalizations account the basic elements of music, the soul, the heart, the universality of music. He touches on the fundamentals of tone, melody, rhythm, form, harmony; he treate the subject of performance, -- the instruments, the orchestra, conducting, recording, broadcasting; finally he relates forms to cultures. Possibly there is a lowest common denominator of musical intelligence which this will reach. But do they read?