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"The First Step How to play The MELODEON" - By Lew Stern
« on: April 10, 2020, 11:37:03 PM »

I recently got my paws on a copy of this (1928) tutorial for the 1 row, publishd by Keith Prowse & Co. Ltd.

Does anyone know anything about the author "Lew Stern" ?

I would be happy to pdf this - but no idea whether it is out of copyright or not.


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Re: "The First Step How to play The MELODEON" - By Lew Stern
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2020, 11:49:12 PM »

He wrote a number of books including introduction to ukulele, ukulele banjo and tenor banjo. I can't find any info on him but found a link to a store that sells his books. https://www.abebooks.co.uk/book-search/author/lew-stern/

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Re: "The First Step How to play The MELODEON" - By Lew Stern
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2020, 09:52:22 AM »

Believed to be a pen name adopted by British musician and conducter Carl Kiefert (1855 – 1937) according to a post by his namesake (no relation) on the Banjo Hangout Forum https://www.banjohangout.org/archive/155928.

There is a Wiki page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Kiefert with a little more information about Kiefert.

Apparently it was not uncommon at the time for published composers to adopt pen names to (attempt to) circumvent copyright and contract  issues. The evidence that Lew Stern was in fact Carl Kiefert seems a little flimsy, but maybe an email to the modern-day Mr Stern could produce updated research results  brooklynbanjoboy@yahoo.com
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Re: "The First Step How to play The MELODEON" - By Lew Stern
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2020, 12:45:25 PM »

I recently got my paws on a copy of this (1928) tutorial for the 1 row, publishd by Keith Prowse & Co. Ltd.

Does anyone know anything about the author "Lew Stern" ?

I would be happy to pdf this - but no idea whether it is out of copyright or not.
If it was published in 1928, it will be out of UK copyright (70 years).
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Re: "The First Step How to play The MELODEON" - By Lew Stern
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2020, 02:11:14 PM »

I recently got my paws on a copy of this (1928) tutorial for the 1 row, publishd by Keith Prowse & Co. Ltd.

Does anyone know anything about the author "Lew Stern" ?

I would be happy to pdf this - but no idea whether it is out of copyright or not.
If it was published in 1928, it will be out of UK copyright (70 years).

I think it’s 70 years from the death of the author in the U.K.  Either way it’s well in the public domain now.
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