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Cassell Companion to 20th-Century Music
     

Cassell Companion to 20th-Century Music

by David Pickering
 

"...one-volume ready-reference...comprising brief entries....follow a broad definition of 20th-century music, with coverage encompassing classical, rock, pop, blues, jazz, and country....especially useful in answering the odd reference question, with entries such as "Fifth Beatle" and "donkey music" and cross references from The Boss, Slow Hand, or King of Swing...

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"...one-volume ready-reference...comprising brief entries....follow a broad definition of 20th-century music, with coverage encompassing classical, rock, pop, blues, jazz, and country....especially useful in answering the odd reference question, with entries such as "Fifth Beatle" and "donkey music" and cross references from The Boss, Slow Hand, or King of Swing....good choice for libraries..."—Library Journal.

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Library Journal
These two titles cover the same material in a similar format but on a different scale. The Cassell Companion to 20th-Century Music, an updated revision of Pickering's Brewer's Twentieth-Century Music (Cassell, 1995) is a one-volume ready-reference work comprising brief entries. Music in the 20th Century, on the other hand, is a more encyclopedic three-volume set, with articles ranging from one to eight pages. Most of these articles also feature brief bibliographies and discographies. Both works follow a broad definition of 20th-century music, with coverage encompassing classical, rock, pop, blues, jazz, and country. Neither is especially strong on ethnic or world music, but Music in the 20th Century does contain articles such as "Cuba," "South African Jazz," and "Zouk." While there is little in either of these two sources that could not be found in either the Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (LJ 12/95) or the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (LJ 12/15/80), the Cassell book could be especially useful in answering the odd reference question, with entries such as "Fifth Beatle" and "donkey music" and cross references from The Boss, Slow Hand, or King of Swing. Music in the 20th Century does contain some information that updates the New Grove but seems aimed more at the general reader or undergraduate nonmusic major. It would be a good choice for libraries that cannot afford the two larger sets.--Michael Colby, Univ. of California, Davis

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ISBN-13:
9780304350995
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Pages:
409
Product dimensions:
6.03(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.31(d)

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