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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
Posted June 29, 2000
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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