Da Capo: “Start One From the Front”; A History of the Mennonite Community Orchestra (SIGNED)


Klassen, Bertha Elizabeth


Klassen, Bertha Elizabeth. Da Capo: “Start One From the Front”; A History of the Mennonite Community Orchestra (SIGNED). Winnipeg, Manitoba: Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, 1993. First Edition, First Printing. ISBN: 1895432219. pp. 130. Oblong 4to. Black cloth over boards with silver lettering to the spine. Replete with many black-and-white photographs, illustrations etc. No detectable flaws, contents bright, clean, and unmarked with tight, sound binding; near fine and housed in very good rubbed dustjacket showing some creasing, and two very short closed tears to the rear panel. Overall, very good+. SIGNED and inscribed by the author to the ffep. Hardcover. ”The first five chapters chronicle the history of the Mennonite Community Orchestra in its variouis incarnations, beginning with the Wayside Chapel Orchestra in the 1920s. The role of Benjamin Horch throughout the history of the orchestra is well documented. Later chapers are more thematic or deal with the role of various conductors, choirs, soloists, et. The book is much more than the story of an orchestra – it is the story of individuals, of institutions and of a religious and cultural tradition. Bertha Klassen and her husband, John C. Klassen, have been very directly involved in the life of the orchestra for many years. Bertha has diligently researched the written records, she has interviewed many indiviudals who have participated in the orchestra, and she has searched out many very interesting pictures”. (#2048) $30.00