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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, U.S.A. (5 Dec. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198606982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198606987
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 1.8 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,082 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 edn). 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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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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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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I have been using a music dictionary bought in 1967 for 8/6 (43p for the benefit of those under the age of 40!) and although it was almost adequate that's about all it was. So much music now seems to be using german terms I was quite confused and had to keep reverting to the internet. To try it out I took some music recently purchased and looked up all the unknown terminology - all german I must admit. Every one was listed, if not as the main word in the definition then it was identified somewhere in the definition.

Purely an observatation, but this is published in what I call 'lightweight' paper. That is not to say the paper is flimsy - it isn't - but if I compared it with an identical paperback it would weigh much less. Just an observation!

An excellent buy I think.
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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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Informative and interesting one that I would recommend to you even if you do not want it to accompany playing an instrument.
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It is essential reading for my daughter's university course. It has been - and still is - very well used.
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