Music Research from Peter H. Adams
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In 2009, Scarecrow Press published my latest book,
An Annotated Index of Selected Articles from The Musical Courier 1880-1940 .
This two volume reference book will greatly reduce time locating articles.
No other index exists for The Musical Courier for the time covered in my index.
This massive cross-referenced index is the result of my 20 years of research. The index is over 1600 pages of text. The purpose of this index is to assist researchers search through the wealth of articles that appeared within this weekly trade publication for the U.S. music industry. In its day, The Musical Courier was arguably the most significant music trade publication for both the musical instrument industry and the performing arts fields within the U.S. However, given that I was working on my own, I could not index every article. Therefore, I concentrated on what I knew best: the musical instrument industry. The U.S. keyboard industry is especially well represented in this index. Band and orchestral instruments are not as well represented in MC. I concluded my index with 1940 even though MC continued publication until around 1962. By 1940, few articles appeared in MC that discussed the musical instrument industry. The index also includes references to inventors and their inventions, obituaries about manufacturers, companies opening, closing, or merging, and musical instrument collections. Significant articles about musicology, ethnomusicology, and related topics are also to be found here.
Researchers looking for articles about performers will find this index of some use, especially if the performer played an uncommon musical instrument. I did not actively index articles about vocalists. I actively indexed articles about John Philip Sousa, obituaries about composers, women in the industry, African Americans, and articles discussing the worsening situation in Nazi Europe.
I now offer a scanned version on CD of August Pollmann's Catalogue K. 1894-'95. NY, NY: August Pollmann; 1894, 368 p. More detailed information about this catalog can be found elsewhere on this website. This catalog covers almost all European musical instruments, except for piano and organs. It is a wholesale catalog of great importance. Most of the instruments were imported from unidentified European manufacturers. To order a copy, look for my email address in my resume. The price of the CD is $25. Send me an email and I will give you further information. I have to do this to avoid receiving spam. I ship only to the U.S. and Canada.
I also offer a new edition of the Braye Brown manuscript for solo lyra viol. This is the latest in my on-going effort to assemble an exhaustive, if not complete set of all works for solo lyra viol. My goal is to offer a CD of the music in PDF format of all solo lyra viol music so that performers and researchers will have a single source for this rare material. I encourage people to contact me, especially if they have suggestions of other manuscripts to edit. I currently have access to a sizeable collection that will no doubt keep me busy for years. Yet, I'm open to new projects. Order copies either through me or Boulder Early Music. My email can be found on my resume. The price for this publication is $38, which includes shipping to the U.S.
Do not contact me for information about prices of antique musical instruments. This task is best left to appraisers who are able to see the instrument. Photographs, though of some value in identifying musical instruments, cannot be used to value antique musical instruments, except in a very general way. Appraisers can be found by consulting the American Musical Instrument's journal or newsletter. This society's website is AMIS.org.
Welcome to this section of my website dedicated to musical instrument trade catalogs,
The purpose of this website is to make available research material for persons interested in European and U.S. musical instrument history. This website includes a bibliography of musical instrument trade catalogs printed around 1930 or earlier. This list is a work in progress and contributions are encouraged especially for non-U.S. companies. Citations are organized by company or, rarely, by author. The goal here is to assemble as complete a list as possible of antique musical instrument trade catalogs. For owners of trade catalog who wish to be cited on this website, my contact information is available on my resume, found on this website.
I invite viewers to check out Horn-u-copia.net to see my on-going efforts to document 19th and early 20th century musical instrument trade names. I also invite viewers to order sheet music of my music by contacting me directly. Click on Buy music (below) to find my mailing address or my email address on my resume. Please include your email address and a list of what music you desire. I will fill the order as quickly as possible, once your payment has been received. I accept only personal checks and will mail to anywhere within the U.S. or Canada.
Recently, I added reprints of selected articles from The Musical Courier under the heading Organological works.
FINDING COPIES OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENT TRADE CATALOGS
If you are trying to find antique musical instrument trade catalogs listed on this website, here are a few suggestions:
I have tried to list the owners of all trade catalogs. When I found this information, I appended it at the end of a citation. Any citation that ends with an OCLC number can be searched by printing out that number and bringing it to a reference librarian who has access to the OCLC database. This database is not available to the general public. This bibliographic database indicates which library or museum owns the original catalog, and may well include catalogs not listed here.
Any catalog owned by the Library of Congress can be purchased as either a photocopy or microfilm by contacting the Photoduplication service of the Library of Congress (LOC.gov). You will need to dig around the website to find the link to the Photodup service. You might find it less expensive to contact the Music Division directly and ask for a list of independent researchers who can photocopy the catalog, assuming that the catalog is not too fragile.
All catalogs whose citation ends with “Citation generated from online description” are owned by someone unknown to me. I found these citations by searching eBay and other websites. I posted these citations partly in hopes that the owners or library patrons would contact me so that they could share catalog with others.
Any catalog whose citation includes the phrase "Author's collection" is in my library and photocopies of those few catalogs can be purchased by contacting me. My contact information is available on my resume. I can only provide copies of catalogs I own. So, please do not ask me for catalogs owned by someone else.
Robert Gellerman has compiled a list of trade catalogs for reed organs. Mr. Gellerman is one of the most respected authors of the U.S. reed organ industry. I have yet to correlate his list with mine. Yet, he clearly relied upon my list when compiling his list. So, expect some duplication. His list can be found by performing a search using his name.
The Chicago Public has a small but significant collection of trade catalogs (musical and non-musical) that can be found at:
Horn-u-copia.net also has a small but interesting selection of trade catalogs in PDF format on its website at:
The following website contains a lengthy list of Estey catalogs and related ephemera: www.harmoniumnet.nl/catalogs-estey.html
A new addition to the efforts to provide scanned images of historic musical instrument trade catalogs for plucked stringed instruments is:
Solo for Lyra Viol, Number 94 by Peter H. Adams (3 pages)