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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.


Ferdinand Rudolph Grofé, Ferde Grofé:

Born into a musical family. His father was an actor and a britone.  His mother a concert cellist. Grofé was only 17 when he wrote his first commissioned piece. He played violin for the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra and he was a pianist with Paul Whiteman. He was also an arranger for Whiteman. His most known works were the Grand Canyon Suite and the Mississippi Suite. He also orchestrated Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue for Whiteman.  His well rounded background in music in general and his recording history for Ampico earned him a place in the AMICA Hall of Fame.

 

 

 

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