The Oxford Dictionary of Music

by Michael Kennedy

Hardcover, 1985




Oxford University Press (1985), 818 pages


For the sixth edition of this classic dictionary, the text has been thoroughly revised and updated. With over 10,000 entries, the Oxford Dictionary of Music (previously the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music) offers broad coverage of a wide range of musical categories spanning many eras,including composers, librettists, singers, orchestras, important ballets and operas, and musical instruments and their history. Over 250 new entries have been added to this edition to expand coverage of popular music, ethnomusicology, modern and contemporary composers, music analysis, and recordingtechnology. Existing entries have been expanded where necessary to include more coverage of the reception of major works, and to include key new works and categories, such as multimedia.Entry-level web links are listed and regularly updated on a dedicated companion website, expanding the scope of the dictionary. The dictionary now also includes two useful appendices, one listing French, German, and Italian musical terms with their English translations, and an abbreviations list forletters commonly used in musical scores and musical writing.The Oxford Dictionary of Music is the most up-to-date and accessible dictionary of musical terms available and an essential point of reference for music students, teachers, lecturers, professional musicians, as well as music enthusiasts.… (more)

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LibraryThing member jigwagigiggs
How refreshing in the era where the internet tells us how to do everything that there is still an extensive encyclopedia thatt does the same thing. Biblical in its staure for all musicians. And because of the influence of the internet available at giveaway prices seemingly. Im quite sure this would have set me back the thick end of £50 a few years bback instead of the £4 I paid for it… (more)


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