The Oxford Dictionary of Music

The Oxford Dictionary of Music

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by Michael Kennedy, Joyce Bourne
     
 

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With over 10,000 total entries, The Oxford Dictionary of Music is the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and accessible music reference of its size now available. Here is a wealth of concise informationon music and musicians from the Middle Ages to the present day. Written to appeal to general readers as well as academics and professionals, the book is an

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With over 10,000 total entries, The Oxford Dictionary of Music is the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and accessible music reference of its size now available. Here is a wealth of concise informationon music and musicians from the Middle Ages to the present day. Written to appeal to general readers as well as academics and professionals, the book is an indispensable addition to the reference shelf of the concert goer, the opera buff, the record buyer, the radio listener (and television watcher), or anyone involved in music, whether amateur or professional.
From Abbado to Zuckerman, from Abide With Me to Zar und Zimmermann, from Accordion to Zither, the book's easy-to-use, alphabetically arranged entries emcompass musical topics of all kinds: composers, performing artists in all fields, orchestras, titles and descriptions of individual works (including operas and ballets), musical instruments, musical forms and terms, institutions, and writers on music. Its coverage of composers is exceptional, offering up-to-date and accurate lists of principal works with unparalleled nationalities.
The book is a greatly revised and enlarged edition of Michael Kennedy's popular Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music. It adds almost 500 completely new entries and features extensive changes and revisions (including complete rewriting in many cases) of some 150 other entries.
Among the 10,307 A-Z entries in The Oxford deictionary of Music, the reader will find: —Biographies of over 2,000 composers —Extensive, accessible, up-to-date lists of composers' works —Almost 1,800 entries on performers —Over 2,200 definitions of musical terms —Over 550 entries on musical instruments —Abundant cross-references —Attractive, readable two-column format About the Author:
One of England's foremost music authorities, Michael Kennedy has been music critic of the Daily Telegraph of London since 1950 and its northern editor since 1960. He has written books on Elgar, Vaughan Williams, and Britten, as well as on Mahler, Strauss, Barbirolli, and the Halle Orchestra.

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**** The first edition (1985) of this wonderful reference is cited in BCL3, Sheehy, and Walford. The coverage continues to span musical topics of all kinds: composers (and their principal works); conductors; musical terms and forms; descriptions of musical instruments; leading orchestras and music academies around the world; and critics, journalists, and other writers on music. This revised and expanded edition adds some 1,500 entries, with particular attention paid to living composers and to younger musical performers making their names in the concert hall, opera house, or on recordings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher
"The first edition of this title received an unequivocal endorsement in RBB stating that it was 'indispensable to all types of libraries'; this new edition merits the same recommendation."—Booklist

"An excellent resource for music and history students."—School Library Journal

"Up-to-date, and, frankly, indispensable."—The Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198614593
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/30/2006
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
1008
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 6.20(h) x 2.20(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Kennedy is a music critic and biographer. He has recently retired as music critic of the Sunday Telegraph, where he has been since 1989. Before that he was a music critic on the Daily Telegraph from 1950, and its Northern Editor from 1960 to 1986. He is an authority on English music of the 20th century and has written books on Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Britten, and Walton as well as on Mahler, Strauss, Barbirolli, Boult, and the Hallé Orchestra. He was made an OBE in 1981 and is governor of the Royal Northern College of Music. Associate Editor

Joyce Bourne is a retired doctor and writer on opera. She practised for almost 30 years as an anaesthetist and general practitioner. She has a lifelong interest in and love of music and has assisted Michael Kennedy with his works for the past 15 years.

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