The Facts on File Dictionary of Music / Edition 4

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The Facts On File Dictionary of Music is an indispensable reference to the vast field of music. More than 3,000 musical terms are included in this authoritative resource, covering all major subjects, from technique and musical styles to instruments and notation and much more. Clear explanations of terminology, illustrations of instruments, pronunciations of foreign terms, and biographical information on composers are enhanced by the inclusion of quick-reference charts presenting information on important operas, ballets, and symphonies. This thoroughly revised and expanded edition of the original standard is an invaluable source for teachers, students, professionals, and music lovers alike.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Professional lexicographer Ammer (The A to Z of Foreign Musical Terms) has added a significant volume to the list of concise hardcover dictionaries of music and musicians that have appeared in the past five years. Featuring entries for 3000 musical terms and topics (e.g., a capella; masque; 20th-century music), 250 illustrations, and a friendly, easy-to-read style, the book compares favorably with The Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1999) as well as The Hutchinson Concise Dictionary of Music (1999). It includes such nice touches as lists of famous ballets, waltzes, symphonies, etc., phonetic pronunciations for composers and foreign terms (not found in the Harvard dictionary), and an index of composers for whom biographical sketches are supplied. There are a few caveats, however. The book costs $15 more than the Harvard dictionary and contains fewer biographical sketches. It also lacks the kind of technical detail found in the Harvard dictionary. One example is the lack of figured bass inversion numbers in some of the musical examples that clearly use inverted chords. Bottom Line While less than ideal for serious academic collections, this strong reference would make a wonderful addition to all school libraries. It would also make an ideal gift for the aspiring musician.-James E. Perone, Mount Union Coll., Alliance, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-This revision of Ammer's HarperCollins Dictionary of Music, Third Edition (1995) includes some new articles and a number of updated entries. Despite the title, this book's emphasis is on classical music. The more than 3000 entries include definitions of terminology, explanations of styles, biographies of composers, and descriptions of musical instruments. Phonetic pronunciations are given for all non-English terms. Many clear, detailed line drawings of instruments and musical notation are included. Lists of important composers and major ballets, operas, violin concertos, and symphonies are helpful. However, researchers seeking detailed information on topics such as African-American, folk, or gospel music will need to look elsewhere for adequate descriptions of these genres and those who compose and perform within them. For example, the entry on folk music mentions that "outstanding folk singers of the second half of the 20th century were Burl Ives, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Odetta, and Bob Dylan." Of these musicians, only Guthrie is featured in a separate biographical entry. This is a good basic reference tool for collections in need of classical music resources.-Ginny Gustin, Sonoma County Library System, Santa Rosa, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816052660
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 495
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.28 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note vii
Abbreviations ix
Key to Pronunciation xi
Dictionary of Music 1
Index of Composers 483
Index of Instruments 491
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