Writing about Music: A Style Sheet / Edition 2

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Overview

How do you spell "Mendelssohn"? Where do you place the hyphen in "Beethoven" if it breaks between two lines? Is it "premiere" or "premiere"? The answers and much more can be found in this completely revised and updated resource for authors, students, editors, concert producers-anyone who deals with classical music in print. This essential volume covers some of the thorniest issues of musical discourse: how to go about describing musical works and procedures in prose, the rules for citations in notes and bibliography, and the proper preparation of such materials as musical examples, tables, and illustrations. One section discusses program notes; another explains the requirements for submitting manuscripts and eletronic files. A new section outlines best practices for student writers. An appendix lists common problem words.

About the Author:
D. Kern Holoman is Barbara K. Jackson Professor in the Department of Music at the University of California, Davis, where he conducts the UCD Symphony Orchestra

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“Leavened with an elegant, gentle wit [and] features levelheaded, common-sense advice. . . . Holoman’s excellences of style, content, and advice prosper.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520256187
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 400,364
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


D. Kern Holoman is Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of California, Davis, where he conducted the UCD Symphony Orchestra for more than three decades. He is the author of Berlioz; Evenings with the Orchestra; Masterworks; The Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, 1828–1967; Charles Munch; and The Orchestra: A Very Short Introduction.
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Table of Contents

1 Music Terminology

Titles of Works

Major and Minor

Capitalization Schemes

Composers' Names

Thematic Catalogs of Composers' Works

Pitch Names

Dynamics

Numbers

Other

2 Narrative Text

Numbers

Dates

Money

Simple Punctuation

Ellipses

Dashes

Quotation Marks

Superscript Note Numbers

Capitalization

Capitalization Schemes in Foreign Languages

Diacritics (Accents)

Ligatures

Word Breaks

Russian

British English

Abbreviations

Block Quotations

References in Running Text

Roman and Italic

Other Typical House Rules

Format and Design

Finally ...

3 Citations

Articles

Books

Sound

The Internet

Short Titles

Review Heads

Abbreviations

Principles of Annotation

Sample Notes and Bibliography

4 Musical Examples

Lyrics

Scores and Parts

5 Tables and Illustrations

Tables

Illustrations

6 The Printed Program

Concerts

Operas

Texts and Translations

Rosters of Personnel

Program Notes

The Concert Listing

Reviews

Finally ...

7 Electronics

8 Best Practices for Student Writers

Preliminaries

Typescript

Citations, Again

Vetting

Production

Beware

Appendix Problem Words and Sample Style Sheet

Works Cited

Credits

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