Music: Name That Tune

Almost everyone has had the near maddening frustration of hearing a nameless melody repeat itself diabolically inside the mind's ear. Relief is on its way. Denys Parsons' Directory of Tunes and Musical Themes, promises its introduction, works even for people who "think that A Flat Major is an army officer who has had the misfortune to be run over by a tank."

Including Bach and the Beatles, Monteverdi and Mick Jagger, Parsons' encyclopedia lists 10,250 classical themes and 3,900 popular songs according to title and author. It is not necessary to know how to read music to use Parsons' book. The key...

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