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Alfred's Pocket Dictionary of Music Paperback – November, 1986

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Music (November 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882843494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882843490
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By K. Mahood, Ph.D on October 27, 2003
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After searching for the past several years for my own students and teachers who study with me, I can finally state that I've found a music dictionary equal to the original "Pocket-Manual of Musical Terms" edited by Dr. Theodore Baker back in 1947 (published by G.Schirmer). Unfortunately, that same dictionary is still available in an "updated" format. I say 'unfortunately' because the new author (ie editor) decided to delete many of the classic terms for reasons unknown. But thanks to Alfred Publishing, Sandy Feldstein has done a great job of maintaining an excellent balance between content and precise meanings in an easy to understand manner. In fact, this small pocket dictionary has more charts and drawings of notes and key signatures than any other dictionary of the same size. In addition, a wonderful biographical section is included in the last section featuring basic facts on the great composers both past and present. You will not regret purchasing this handy size ( 4 x 5 inches) edition, as I have widely recommended this little book to hundreds of teachers and schools.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Laura on November 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
I'm in an IB Music class at my high school and was not previously well versed in music, and this book has been extremely helpful. It covers everything we've studied in the dictionary, and the composer reference section is also very thorough. It's great for test prep in music theory and history. I couldn't get by without it!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Priscilla Stilwell on November 1, 2007
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One of several good pocket references which includes musical terms, basic information on a wide variety of composers, and many other essential pieces of information, every musician needs this book or one like it. Easily fitting in your purse, guitar case or stashed away in another similar location, you will find yourself referencing this book throughout your musical career.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Peter Ferreri on August 8, 2009
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Way too many unimportant composers. Far too few important musical terms, like appassionato or stringendo. Inferior, not for music teachers to use with their students.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chuck on December 8, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I returned this pretty quickly after downloading it, citing quality issues. You can't change the font of the text, and the many illustrations are nearly illegible on a kindle. I thought it might be useful to have this information available on my kindle, but this is a case where you might as well stick with the physical book, which is relatively small and inexpensive anyway.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Carnes on May 12, 2008
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This small book is packed with information. I ordered it for my 16 year old bassoon player to help him with classical music phrases. It contains those and much more. Biographies of composers, musical terms, it's all there. A good choice for students of music. Somewhat lacking, however, in obscure foreign classical terms, especially in languages other than Italian.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brad Teare VINE VOICE on March 11, 2011
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I bought this dictionary to help me write music reviews. I have discovered quite a few terms that have helped me more adequately describe the music I review. The biggest section of the book is about composers. The vast majority of composers are classical but there is a smattering of pop musicians as well. Which is useful although their selections are odd, for example, they include Frank Zappa but exclude David Bowie. About twenty-five pages are devoted to music theory (showing scales, chords, key signatures, etc.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bartok618 on August 21, 2013
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Big regret here---I bought this so-called music dictionary. Of course, I wasn't expecting something like Grove or the Harvard Dictionary of Music, just something for a quick reference. Unfortunately, the definitions here are weak. For example, air de cour----there's a lot more to it that "French strophic song." Like, is that all? Were they trying to keep this as basic as it is base. It's just annoyingly spare in detail, and in the Internet age, it's basically useless.
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