Music: Labor of Love

Before Richard Leo Simon and M. (for Max) Lincoln Schuster formed a publishing firm in Manhattan a dozen years ago, nervous young Simon had been a salesman for Aeolian pianos, shrewd young Schuster a newshawk who played the violin for fun. Though they never play together, Publishers Simon & Schuster are both still impassioned amateurs of music. Lately it became evident that the duet, whose profitable puzzle-&-game volumes set the book-publishing business by its ears, was venturing into the stodgy realm of music publishing.

Last November "Essandess," as Simon & Schuster...

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