B0198. (NELLIE MELBA). Nellie Melba: A Contemporary Review. William R. Moran, Ed. Westport, CT, Greenwood, 1985. 513pp. Index, Bibliography, Discography, Photos; Incl. essays by Bernard Shaw, Richard Aldrich, John F. Cone, Henry T. Finck, Landon Ronald, William Armstrong, John Lemmon‚, Henry Russell, W. J. Henderson, Olin Downes, Herman Kelin, Ivor Newton, definitive discography by William R. Moran, and more. Long out-of-print, final copy!
"Each section...contains several (up to fourteen) individual contributions. Editorial comment, where required, is unobtrusive but always authoritative. Mr Moran is, of course, well known to the Record Collector through his own scholarly and meticulous work. Of the discography, I will only say that it is produced to his own exacting standards."
- Michael E. Henstock, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 1985
"Melba ... comes alive in this important review....' The editor has compiled an important overview of her career from contemporary and unimpeachable sources, interspersed with his own comments. ... The book's organization is as superb as its authority. There is a complete discography with important notes, a good bibliography and index, a title index of the recordings, and pages of black and white photographs. Most important, Melba's articles on the art of singing are included. These pages are of great important for ALL young singers: Melba's ideas are almost always correct. A very important addition for every music library."