Do blind people read music? Yes, and the system in use today is the Braille system, but it hasn’t always been there.

Author Sylvia Clark, noted local harpist, describes the book as a “fascinating historical journey tracing the emergence of various musical notation systems for the blind in Europe and the United States.” Some of the descriptions make us feel like we are transported back into the 19th century, and the 28 illustrations give us a look at what was happening.

There are several surveys concerning music education for the blind, as well as an interview with a prominent blind educator. This book will be of great interest to readers who want to learn more about the blind, and history buffs in general will find it a real change of pace.

For information on ordering, write musicliteracy@ or call 381-1537.