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Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music Paperback – October, 1968


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  • Paperback: 668 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2nd edition (October 1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0193113074
  • ISBN-13: 978-0193113077
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.9 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,078,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
`The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music' by Percy A. Scholes comes from what is possibly the greatest single brand reputation in all of book publishing, The Oxford University Press. The Cambridge University Press is a close second, but no other publishing imprimatur comes even close (although an Alfred Knopf `Borzoi Book' still brings a bit of a mist to my eyes). And, while this reputation has been honestly earned by years of publishing scholarly reference works by distinguished authorities in their respective fields, I have found cases where titles were issued with a less than sterling quality about them. This is not the case with this particular volume. For it's size, it is a thoroughly reliable source for as far as it goes.

There are at least three things in the `...for as far as it goes...' qualification.

First, the book does assume you are not a complete dunce regarding music. It would not, for example, be a suitable source for a child, unless that child happened to be Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart or someone with a similar precocity. Many of the definitions use technical terms that may not be explained by entries in the dictionary.

Second, a related situation is based on the fact that there is a lot of cross referencing from one term to the next, and not all cross references are diligently marked with the (q.v.) note indicating that the definition for the term can be found in another reference in the dictionary.

Third, true to the work's title of `Dictionary', the entries under the names of the great composers, Mozart, for example, are very brief, taking no more than a column (half page) or a column and a half. And, for those who are familiar with Mozart, there is virtually no information in the article that I do not already know.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katherine T. Sullivan on November 18, 2010
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This is an excellent companion book for anyone studying music theory, sightsinging, ear training or composition. Not only is it a thorough dictionary, but it will serve as an encyclopedia as well, both defining and showing examples (whenever possible) of all things musical, including scales, modes, chords, terminology, composition and resolution rules. Even though you may already know your theory, it's easy to forget specific terminology, intervals within scales you may not use frequently, or rules for remembering the intervals in specific modes. It's all at your fingertips in this text, and well cross-referenced so that, even if you have forgotten the specific "name" of a concept you are seeking to define, just having a general word will aim you in the right direction to finding the specific information you seek. I earned a music degree in 1998, and this text was my constant companion while studying at a university here in Utah that is highly rated for its music department. My son is now studying theory as well as the technology of music production in Portland, Oregon; I purchased this text for him a month ago, and he constantly tells me how useful it has been in cementing concepts and reaffirming his prior musical knowledge. BUY IT!! You won't regret it!
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