The only date in the history of music is in the title. This leaves space for really important considerations such as the effect of the side drum on the Russian Revolution and the influence of the Times Atlas on the development of opera. It examines why Glinka's Russlan and Ludmilla Overture is suitable for boiling eggs, wheras Mozart's Magic Flute is not, and ponders the influence of Haydn's wife on the development of the sonata form. It also makes clear the position held by the camel in Italian opera and why Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring is so loud. 128 pages. Paperbound.