Music: A Grove of Treasures

From Palestrina to Presley, in 20 volumes

Poets, philosophers and churchmen have fretted for centuries about the demonic and divine natures of music. The results have been gloriously inconclusive. But in the past hundred years scholars have plodded to an unassailable truth: whether it overheats the blood or soothes the savage breast, music is one of history's great growth industries. Technology has electrified the ether: since Edison and Marconi, listeners have increased a billionfold. There is scarcely an Aleut or Patagonian today who cannot flick on a transistor against the shriek of icy...

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