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Book Design by Walton Mendelson for
Mechanical Musical Instruments, by David Fuller
9 x 7 1/5 inches, 24 pages, with gatefold, record included

Book design




The issue of notes inégales in Baroque music is important for both analysis and performance. David Fuller's monograph, "Mechanical Musical Instruments as a Sourse for the Study of Notes Inégales," was particularly significant because it brought with it actual proof: information on barrel pinning and actual musical performances. The design concern was to make the presentation light and eloquent, and not dry and academic as the title might imply. The 7" record with a pocket on the inside back cover, a gatefold, and the need to annotate the transcriptions defined the proportions of the booklet. The illustration had to be made, facsimiles obtained and music notated.



The cover was glued to fly sheets so no staple showed on the cover. It was also die cut and scored to form the pocket, which had to be glued in place.



The heart of the booklet was the recording, made from less than good tape recordings of the mechanical music boxes.


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