The publication included editorials, obituaries, announcements, scholarly articles and investigatory writing about musical instruments and music in general. These included "construction practices, descriptions, tools, exhibitions and collections, new technologies, and laws and legal actions" relating to the music industry. There were articles on "companies and manufacturers of instruments, . . . entries on patents, trade marks, and designs for new or improved instruments", as well as reporting on "African-American music and culture, women's rights, John Philip Sousa, Antonin Dvořák and the influence of the rise of Nazi Germany on music in Europe."
In 1897, Marc A. Blumenberg, the publisher, "separated the musical and industrial departments" of the magazine and began publishing the Musical Courier Extra "strictly as a trade edition."
There was also a London, England, edition, active in the 1890s.
- Peter H. Adams, An Annotated Index to Selected Articles from The Musical Courier, 1880–1840
- Alfred Dolge, Pianos and Their Makers, Part V, Chapter 2, Page 417, in the Electronic Library
- Listed in Houston Stewart Chamberlain bibliography
- "Lisa Roma Trompeter, 72, Retired Operatic Soprano," New York Times, February 18, 1965
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