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McKinney, Laurence (rhymes), People of Note: A Score of Symphony Faces, Gluyas Williams (drawings), New York, E. P. Dutton, Co., 1965, twenty-second printing, 12mo (7.5" x 5.25"), HB in dj, gray cloth boards w/ decorative navy blue titles, in red & white illus. dust jacket w/ black & red titles, VG / VG-. Extremities bumped. DJ spine faded, age-darkened, rubbed esp. at edges, light foxing.

63 pp. Profuse illustrations by Gluyas Williams, often referred to as "the master of gesture" and best known for his cartoons, frequently featured in the New Yorker magazine and numerous other American magazines. First published in 1939. A clever send up of classical music - poking delightful fun at each of the various musicians in a symphony orchestra and their instruments. Chapters include: Prelude, The Strings, The Woodwinds, The Brasses, Percussion, Encumbrances of the Stage (Wagnerian Soprano, Piano Virtuoso, the Mixed Chorus), Postlude. Each of McKinney's technically accurate and humorous verses are accompanied by an equally amusing and lively black and white drawing by Williams.

An entertaining little tome for a musician or the classical music lover.    [Book ID # 1446]

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