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Richard Beattie Davis Celebrates Publication of New Book with Music Performance at FAU Libraries

BOCA RATON, FL (April 1, 2008) – Musicologist and music collector Richard Beattie Davis celebrated the publication of his new book, The Beauty of Belaieff, at Florida Atlantic University’s S.E. Wimberly Library on the Boca Raton campus. As part of the celebration, Davis answered questions about his book, which he began researching in 1946.

Leonid Treer, professor of music and founder of the FAU Chamber Soloists, opened the celebration with a performance called “A Little Russian Morning Music.”

Davis, who lives in London, England, and winters in Boynton Beach, is a definitive reference on Russian music, and is one of the most highly respected authorities on music publisher M. P. Belaieff, as well as composers Adolf von Henselt and Johann Nepomuk Hummel. He also is the founder of the FAU Libraries’ Richard Beattie Davis Music Collection, which consists largely of first and early editions of music dating from the 1790s to the first two decades of the 20 th century and is housed in Special Collections and Archives.

A final proof of the book, which is a veritable “who’s who” of Russian music and includes 143 full-page color plates, was displayed for guests. The book is being sold in a special limited first edition by G Clef Publishing in London, England.

 “I do sincerely hope the chat and the collection will help promote music, not only at FAU, but in Florida, and throughout the United States,” said Davis.

Besides Treer and Davis, others at the celebration included the author’s wife, Gillian Davis; Dr. William Miller, dean of FAU Libraries; and Aaron Kula, director of music collections and performance at FAU Libraries. The book is available to view at and can be ordered from

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