Writing about Music: A Style Sheet / Edition 2

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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




2 Narrative Text




Simple Punctuation



Quotation Marks

Superscript Note Numbers


Capitalization Schemes in Foreign Languages

Diacritics (Accents)


Word Breaks


British English


Block Quotations

References in Running Text

Roman and Italic

Other Typical House Rules

Format and Design

Finally ...

3 Citations




The Internet

Short Titles

Review Heads


Principles of Annotation

Sample Notes and Bibliography

4 Musical Examples


Scores and Parts

5 Tables and Illustrations



6 The Printed Program



Texts and Translations

Rosters of Personnel

Program Notes

The Concert Listing


Finally ...

7 Electronics

8 Best Practices for Student Writers



Citations, Again




Appendix Problem Words and Sample Style Sheet

Works Cited


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