Posts Tagged ‘Ernest LaPrade

23
Jan
10

Alice in Orchestralia

Alice in Orchestralia by Ernest LaPrade. Published 1925 by Doubleday, Page and Co. First edition with dustjacket. 12mo.

Illustrations by Carroll Snell.

I think the book was also re-released as Alice in Orchestra Land, and as Alice in Music Land.

Alice enters Orchestralia via the horn of a brass instrument, and once there learns all about the characters of the different instruments in the orchestra.

The conductor Walter Damrosch is quoted on the fly:’ Alice is to be envied, for there is hardly anything about a modern symphony orchestra – its make-up, its functions, its manner of speaking that universal language of human emotions – that she does not learn through the pages of this book. And it is all done in such a beguiling way that one might swear that it had been written by the whimsical and immortal author of the original “Alice in Wonderland.”
I am glad that this work was written by an American, and am proud that he is also a member of my orchestra. I prophesy for this book a wide distribution wherever the English tongue is spoken and the love for music prevails.’

You can usually pick up a cheap copy on Amazon: Alice in Orchestralia

You can read the whole book here.

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