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Oxford Dictionary of Musical Terms (Oxford Paperback Reference) [Paperback]

Alison Latham
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25 Nov 2004 Oxford Paperback Reference
Printed music and writing about music involve the use of complex systems of notation and a wealth of technical terms in several languages. The Oxford Dictionary of Musical Terms provides clear, succinct, definitions of a comprehensive range of the musical terms, in English and other European languages, that are likely to be encountered in Western music, including in jazz and popular musical genres. Over 2,500 A-Z entries range across a spectrum of subjects, among them: rhythm, meter, forms, genres, pitch, scales, chords, harmony and counterpoint, notational systems, composition and analysis, performance practice, tempo, expression, musical periods, artistic movements, computer applications, acoustics, and many more. Entries provide etymologies, and are fully cross-referenced. Some are illustrated with music examples and tables. An appendix lists all composers mentioned in the Dictionary, with their dates. An ideal book for composers, professional musicians, those learning to play musical instruments, and members of choirs and musical groups, the Dictionary is also be a useful quick reference book for concert-goers, C.D.-collectors, and radio listeners.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (25 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198606982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198606987
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 21 x 30 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Those brought up on the 1959 Collins Encyclopedia or the 1980 New Groove will find plenty this is fresh in Latham's Musical Terms. Christopher Wintle, Music & Letters

About the Author

Alison Latham is a writer and editor of music reference books. She is the editor of The Oxford Companion to Music (2002), and was a member of the editorial team of the multi-volume New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1980 E.D.N). She was also assistant editor of The Grove Concise Dictionary of Music, co-editor (with Stanley Sadie) of The Cambridge Guide to Music and (with Roger Parker) of Verdi in Performance. She was publications editor at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, from 1989 to 2000, and has co-edited The Musical Times.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 14 Jun 2012
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I have just finished studying music at A level and will be continuing it at university, this book is great to look up unfamiliar terms simply and easily. I would recommend this book to anyone studying or interested in music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just What Musically Illiterate Yanks Need! 29 Mar 2014
Since I am an American, but educated in the UK, I believe I speak with unique candor regarding such things. The truth be known, I have taught in both the private an public sector in the United States for over 45 years. Without a doubt, the Oxford Paperback Reference edition puts to shame the current so-called "Schirmer Manual of Musical Terms", except for the early edition by Theodore Baker which sadly was last revised in 1947 ( all editions after 1947 are worthless and the Schirmer company was purchased by a firm which destroyed one of the last American icons devoted to serious music.
I have found the new Oxford Paperback Reference to be exceptional to anything currently in print in America. Of course, I am one of the few Americans who believe Daniel Webster destroyed English in the "New World" and I only use the British version of both Oxford and Chambers Dictionaries. I would urge both casual and serious music aficionados regardless of your 'Port-of-call' to give this edition a try. I have only one caveat: I wish the size were a few centimeters less as the present size of 19 x 15 cm is a bit too large to be considered a "pocket edition"---but then the description of this item never alludes to such a claim.
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4.0 out of 5 stars yes 19 Mar 2010
I've had this a couple of months and i've used it innumerable times already. It hasn't let me down yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 July 2014
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A excellent reference book to translate those musical terms.
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