It's sad but nonetheless true that Nicolas Slonimsky died in 1995, yet the 1997 Dictionary of Music
is thoroughly Slonimsky. It includes all the material written for his Lectionary of Music
(that was expunged by editors), and then some. After Slonimsky's death, Schirmer Book editors reconstructed his work (using original manuscripts) and added hundreds of Slonimsky articles for a new, comprehensive, mostly Slonimsky dictionary of music. The result is that most deadly of dictionaries: the text that can't be put down. From Slonimsky's highly entertaining introduction to the A to Z itself--1,171 pages of musical definitions, biographies, and Slonimsky storytelling--this is a rare volume that both instructs and amuses.
"Editor Kassel has produced an accessible general-purpose music encyclopedia based on the work of the late Nicolas Slonimsky. This is the only one-volume work that covers terms, works, and people from classical, popular and world music, and it should be in all libraries."
-- Reference Books Bulletin
(Reference Books Bulletin
"...a delightfully eclectic dictionary worthy of the Baker's name ... a browser's delight even if one knows very little about music but simply enjoys good, strong writing. (A)n irresistibly inviting first choice!"
-- Rettig on Reference (Rettig on Reference