Alan P. Merriam held the position of Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University. He died in 1980.
"For the broad perspective it provides of man as music-maker, as
also for the lucid resume of past and present appraoches to this
subject which it presents, Merriam's new book should, I think, be
treated as essential reading both within the social sciences and
the humanities." --Man
..".Merriam's book, seen from the viewpoint of anthropology, is deserving of the highest respect."