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The Oxford Dictionary of Music Hardcover – 24 Nov 1994
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From reviews of the first edition: "For anyone interested in music, whether as a student, concert-goer, record collector or Radio 3 listener ... it is a welcoming book--in which the author shares his enthusiasm for the obvious as well as the obscure." Times Higher Education Supplement
not only a valuable work of reference, but also a "guide, philosopher, and friend" for music lovers, opera-goers, concert fans and record collectors (Stage)
this book is marvellous value, the most useful single-volume music dictionary available (Daily Telegraph)
About the Author
IAbout the Author: Michael Kennedy is one of England's foremost authorities on music. He has been a music critic for over forty years, at present with The Sunday Telegraph of London, and he has written books on Mahler, Strauss, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, and Britten.
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This Music edition met all my expectations of the others I've bought, and has been invaluable for my Popular Music degree. Unlike a traditional dictionary, the descriptions of the words-meaning appears more friendly to your brain than, what can sometimes be, a case of looking up what the words in the description actually mean. It features a wide mix of theoretical words (from the study of music reading), to the extensive range of terms from music business to formats.
Perhaps the best thing about these books is that while you could buy a handful of separate other studies with various breakdowns of the terms, this product has them all in one book, meaning you save more money and you don't have to stick post-its on pages of various other books. Its small form is also ideal for keeping in a bag - a nit picker may suggest having a hard cover to cope with daily rituals, but for the price you can't go wrong.
Having said that, I would recommend it, but not as a sole dictionary of music!
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