The baryton- Carol A Gartrell, A History of the Baryton and its Music

November 22, 2009

The first hundred or so pages are devoted to a history of the instrument, followed by thirty or so pages of black-and-white photos and text describing extant antique barytons, ending up with an inventory of sheet music, being a single example of compositions for baryton by composers other than Haydn. 

The text provides answers to any question one is ever likely to ask about the history of the music and music composed for it. The inventory of instruments is of course superlative and the presence of ‘sheet music’ examples is a godsend. The book forms the cornerstone of any collection of material about the baryton, linking the fragments of information available online and from CD recordings.

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