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Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music Hardcover – October, 1980


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 3rd edition (October 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0193113155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0193113152
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.7 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,327,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Kennedy is director of the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, music critic at the Sunday Telegraph, and the author books, including works on Elgar, Vaughan, Britten, and Mahler.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Christian Wheeler on April 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
A comprehensive, well-organized volume that covers composers, compositions, periods and styles, terminology (though I must agree with another reviewer--this really needs a pronunciation guide for some of the more difficult names and terms), instruments, vocalists, cultural context, and more. Major composers get more attention, with longer bios and more detailed entries, though the entries for some of the more notable people (such as George Gershwin) come up a little short in detailing their impact and significance. I purchased this book about a year ago, when I found myself becoming more interested in classical music, and it has proven to be extremely handy in identifying major pieces, performers, and composers. A must-have for music majors and libraries (both college and public) and for individual reference, and as an added bonus, is a godsend for those of us who do crossword puzzles.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
Music has often been described as the universal language, but the terms a musician has to read on the printed page of the score are specific words in various languages. If we only had to deal with the basic piano or forte of diminuendo or other basic terms it would not be a problem. However, there are thousands and thousands of more obscure terms that deal with performance, types of instruments (and their component parts), composers, works of various types, and so forth. That is why a well-executed hand sized book like this is so valuable. You can keep it on your piano in easy reach when you turn the page and haven't a clue what Debussy or Beethoven or some other composer left there for you to decipher.

It is true that this dictionary does not have a pronunciation guide, but that is simply because these words are said differently in different places and since it has to be "concise" the choice would be to have half as many terms and pronunciations (and the problem of picking among many possible ways of saying the words) or leaving out the pronunciations and having many more terms. I am glad they picked the latter.

There are a few illustrations, and they are well chosen but sparse.

Highly recommended. Every musician or general lover of music is better off with this book or one like it kept nearby.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pierre R. Schwob on November 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
As the maintainer of the Classical Archives, I use this reference every single day. Its contents has been most judiciously selected to permit searches on composers, musical forms, terms, instruments, orchestras and performers. Each composer's entry offers a work-list which provides an excellent perspective. An invaluable tool indeed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michelle (Michy) Devon on September 8, 2006
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My daughter is a music major, and I used to teach private lessons. This is a great book for a quick reference guide to theory terminology, and is a must have for anyone taking a music class of any sort, but an absolute necessity for those in music theory courses. A great, and as the name states, concise compellation of just about any term you'll ever need to know!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GIOCONDA AUGIMERI on June 12, 2013
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I have found it concise, precise and a pleasure to look through for certain information when I need it. I would definitely recommend it to all my musical friends and students.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Violin in Boise on August 22, 2010
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This dictionary was far more complete than I expected, based on the price. It is an excellent introductory dictionary for music students or anyone who does not have the unabridged version. I highly recommend it. Amazon's service is awesome as well!
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I need this every day for definitions that I can't keep in my head! Students always want to know the fine details of the Italian language of music. Now I have it.
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