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Essential Dictionary of Music Notation: Pocket Size Book (Essential Dictionary Series) Paperback – October 1, 1996
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Three terms I sought that were not in the index:
Appoggiatura (grace note) and Acciaccatura (short appoggiatura or multiple grace notes).
"Embellishment" (!) also was *not* in the Index. Granted , "ornaments" was there, but that is aggravating for something called dictionary.
Any recommendation for a real dictionary?
I certainly don't regret buying this book and though I have a degree in music doesn't mean I know all there is about musical notation. I have used this book many times to remind me of notation meanings I never knew or had forgotten, and I can usually find what I'm looking for in the index in the back of the book as long as my notational search is not too mysterious. I often run across very old, even ancient musical symbols while teaching classical guitar, and like I stated earlier, this book won't have those in it but it has quite a bit of the modern notational symbols.
I read this book from cover to cover and learned a lot. It is brief, to-the-point, and doesn't get distracted by addressing theory or orchestration. It's about the notation, pure and simple.
The book is small -- fits into your pocket easily. My single complaint is that the binding is rather cheap. I expect sooner or later pages will begin to come loose - an annoyance for a reference text. On the other hand, at under $10, I guess I can afford to just buy another copy.