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Fifty Tunes
1878. TAGORE, [Raja Sir] Saurindro Mohun. Fifty Tunes, Composed and Set to Music. [8], 57, ii, [1] pp. Tall 8vo., 227 x 145 mm, bound in publisher's deluxe full green morocco, elaborately gilt on covers and spine, a.e.g. Calcutta: I.C. Bose & Co., 1878. |~||~||~||~| First Edition. A collection of Hindu Tunes by Sourindro Mohun Tagore (1840-1914) bound in a luxurious Indian publisher's binding, perhaps for presentation. Tagore was founder and president of the Bengal Music School and a pillar of the British Raj among Bengal's cultural elite. Encouraged by the British, Tagore attempted to translate traditional Indian music to Western staff notation, however, as noted in the preface the author "has been obliged to make alterations in some of the pieces, whereby they have, to a certain extent, been divested of the variety of embellishments which are so characteristic of Hindu Music." Rare in American institutions with Worldcat locating three copies in the States. The back cover has some chips in the lower left corner, spine a little faded, still a very handsome copy internally fine.
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