The Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians / Edition 2by Don Michael Randel
Pub. Date: 11/28/1999
Publisher: Harvard University Press
This new compact guide to the history and performance of music is both authoritative and a pleasure to use. With entries drawn and condensed from the widely acclaimed New Harvard Dictionary of Music and its companion Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music, it is a dependable reference for home and classroom and for professional and amateur musicians.
You will find in this concise dictionary definitions of musical terms; succinct characterizations of the various forms of musical composition; entries that identify individual operas, oratorios, symphonic poems, and other works; illustrated descriptions of instruments; and capsule summaries of the lives and careers of composers, performers, and theorists. Like its distinguished parent volumes, The Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians provides information for all periods in music history, with particularly comprehensive coverage of the twentieth century.
Clearly written and based on the scholarship of experts, The Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians is an invaluable handbook for everyone who cares about music.
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This a terrific all-round great music dictionary. It not only contains references to many noteworthy musicians, even the modern ones like Miles Davis, but also many terms not ordinarily found in other music dictionaries. I'm refferring to some of the common terms that musicians actually use on gigs, not just the academic ones. The explanations are well written and make references within themselves to other topics or headings so the reader can look up related terms as well. This book also contains great pictures on different instruments, musical phrasing examples, and gives a nice historical perspective to how things developed in music through the centuries.