Re: have an upvote
"...being a fan of "real" music (ie with very very few exceptions nothing after 1900 - no not a typo 1900)"
Fashions in home listening change, as do fashions in performing. I found
absolutely fascinating (especially the piano chapter). The database of transcriptions of 78s will keep you going for a month or so.
PS: should you decide to venture into the 20th Century, try some Peter Warlock songs and pieces. 'Modern' in structure but 'old' in sound world.