The Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians / Edition 2

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Overview

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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Since 1944 (when Willi Apel published the first edition) and down through dozens of revised editions, The Harvard Dictionary has been an indispensable reference tool for everyone involved in music. It contains definitions and explanations of every possible musical term, instrument, and concept, as well as short biographical notes on composers, conductors, and performers. Each new edition expands the area covered, especially globally. A spot check of the contents of this volume reveals that the concise version, edited by Randel (musicology, Cornell Univ.), contains nearly all of the most important entries found in the larger edition. Invaluable--and a bargain. For all libraries.--Timothy J. McGee, Univ. of Toronto Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Considering scope, reliability, and cost, this is the preferred single-volume music reference for college libraries, even though it overlaps the works on which it is based, which are in most academic collections. It will appeal to undergraduates and students majoring outside music, and will give reference librarians a promising first port of call for many types of inquiry.
— G.A. Marco

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The Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians is convenient and authoritative.
Choice - G.A. Marco
Considering scope, reliability, and cost, this is the preferred single-volume music reference for college libraries, even though it overlaps the works on which it is based, which are in most academic collections. It will appeal to undergraduates and students majoring outside music, and will give reference librarians a promising first port of call for many types of inquiry.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674000841
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Series: Harvard University Press Reference Library Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 768
  • Product dimensions: 6.82 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 1.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Don Michael Randel, former Professor of Music at Cornell University and Professor of Music and President of the University of Chicago, is President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2000

    Every musician should own this book

    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.

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