The Book of World-Famous Music traces nearly 1000 of the world's best known tunes back to their original sources. Each entry includes the first few bars and lyrics of the music, enough for any music reader to confidently identify the tune. Authors, publish date, publisher, and a description of the song and its history are included in each from half to full page song description.
A tremendous range of music receives the author's keen attention. Compositions as diverse as We Shall Overcome, Haydn's "Surprise" Symphony, Silent Night, the Whiffenpoof Song, and The Beatles' Michelle are discussed. This standard reference work is an unparalleled key to best-known classical, popular, and folk music and their place in music history. Recently revised and expanded, the book deserves a place in everyone's music library.
Full music or lyrics are not included for any song--only the first four to seven bars. While not all songs in this book are in the public domain, detailed dates, authors and other information are included so that the reader can easily determine the PD status of each entry. This book is an excellent modest priced song reference for public domain and other music research.