New York : Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, 1931. First Edition. Hardcover. 33 pages ; illustrated ; 27 cm. Half of the dust jacket is missing. Only the front part of the dust jacket is still available. Pages are age toned and unmarked. Binding is firm.
The Story of Siegfried
With 23 musical motives from Wagner's opera, and a four-color frontispiece and nine full-page illustrations by Lynd Ward.
M I S S D I L L E R is an acknowledged leader in children's musical education. Wherever children are taught to know and love and play music, the Diller-Quaile books are enthusiastically used. Over 100,000 children have learned to play their first notes on the piano through the use of the Diller-Quaile First Solo Book. As head of the Diller-Quaile School of Music for the last ten years, Miss Diller has come into intimate contact with hundreds of children and knows their needs and desires in music. The Story of Siegfried has been used in manuscript form in classes at the Diller-Quaile School for the past year with eminent success. In addition to arranging the musical themes so that children's minds can understand them and children's fingers can easily play them, Miss Diller has written a charmingly simple text telling the story of the opera and explaining the part each musical motive plays in it.
This book will be hailed with joy by children of all ages and by adults who like to go home from the opera and pick out its tunes on the piano with "a melodious forefinger."
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