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An indispensable guide for all music lovers and performers, both amateur and professional, The Oxford Dictionary of Music brings together an unrivalled collection of entries - 12,500 in all - covering musical subjects of all kinds in an authoritative and accessible way. Included in this impressive work are entries on composers, performers, conductors, musical terms and forms, instruments, works, venues, and a host of other topics.

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An indispensable guide for all music lovers and performers, both amateur and professional, The Oxford Dictionary of Music brings together an unrivalled collection of entries - 12,500 in all - covering musical subjects of all kinds in an authoritative and accessible way. Included in this impressive work are entries on composers, performers, conductors, musical terms and forms, instruments, works, venues, and a host of other topics.

Containing 5,000 entries on composers, most of which include up-to-date worklists, The Oxford Dictionary of Music also provides entries on conductors, performers, directors, critics, producers and designers of international repute, writers and scholars. Entries also cover individual works, including operas and ballets, orchestras and companies from around the world, famous opera houses, concert-halls, and musical festivals. Musical terms and styles, as well as forms ranging from operatic, vocal, and film scores, to song cycles, chamber, hymns, barbershop, and oratorios are covered, as are general themes such as musicology, acoustics, and absolute pitch, and historical periods such as the Byzantine era. Entries also include a wide range of musical instruments, from the familiar - strings, wind, and brass - to the less familiar - aeolian harp, bamboula and sackbut.

A new edition of the most comprehensive one-volume music dictionary available, compiled by one of the world's foremost music authorities. With over 12,000 entries, the dictionary's coverage is exceptional, spanning musical topics of all kinds. Written to appeal to general readers as well as musicians and musicologists, it is an indispensable addition to any reference shelf.

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198614593
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/30/2006
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • 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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Preface to the Second Edition

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