Encyclopedia of Disc Music Boxes 1881 - 1920
       A History,
          Catalog Raisonné,
                and Appreciation.
                          By Q. David Bowers
                                     An AMICA-International Publication

Q. David Bowers has collected, studied, and enjoyed automatic musical instruments, beginning in 1960. In the intervening years he has written several books on the subject, including A Guide Book of Automatic Musical Instruments (1966), Put Another Nickel In (1968), Encyclopedia of Automatic Musical Instruments (1971), and Treasures of Mechanical Music (co-authored with Arthur A. Reblitz, 1981). He has contributed many articles to the journals of the Musical Box Society International and AMICA (Automatic Musical Instrument Collectors Association), and is one of just four recipients of the Musical Box Society International’s Lifetime Service Award. The author, whose main business over the years has been as a dealer in rare coins, has traveled extensively through America and Europe seeking information relating to automatic musical instruments.

Fredric Dixon

By Emmet Ford

The AMICA, May/June 1991

The American-born pianist, composer, teacher and piano roll re­cording artist, Frederic Dixon was born in 1895. The family was large (15 children). Frederic showed musical talent at age three when he went to the piano and played various combi­nations of keys. In adult life his large hands apdlongfingers enabledhim to handle chords and encompass stretches.

 He was a student of the exact­ing and strict instructor, Fanny Bloom­field-Zeisler, who was not given to offer praise to students. Her interest in Frederic allowed her to predict a future for the young man.

 Joining his brothers in real estate business only long enough to get funds, he went to NewYork City to study. Advanced piano study was with R. Joseffy for six months. Joseffy admired the young man's talent and commented, "he regretted he was not destined to live long enough to see this pupil become famous."

 His debut was in Aeolian Hall which evoked wonder from musicians and critics and the second recital cre­ated a higher opinion of his playing and future.

 Frederic was one of the few piano roll artists who owned a Mason and Hamlin Ampico grand.



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