A pleasant departure from the orthodox in the music book field, this is what its title suggests, an almanac with some musical fact noted for every day in the year. The text includes short commentaries on composers, performers, instruments, types of music, radio, ballet, orchestras, newcomers, contests and prizes, conservatories, publishers, etc. etc. There are sidelights from musician's own writings, many firsts are noted, so that a year's calendar offers many a plum for the music devotee. There are more than 200 illustrations; glossary, index and cross reference, so the book has value as a reference work. A superior gift for the music lover.