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Essential Dictionary of Music: Pocket Size Book (Essential Dictionary Series) Paperback – October 1, 1996
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First Page - Table of Contents
Page 4 - Abreviations - abreviations of languages used in the book. ex. Eng for English
Page 4 Pronunciations - pronunciations of vowels and consonanats used in the book
SECTION 1-Page 7 through 148 Definitions of common musical terms listed alphabetically - such as "a capella"
SECTION 2-Pages 151 through 274 Composers listed alphabetically with their birth and death dates, historical period (ex.Romantic period),Compositional media (ex. Opera), Important items (such as notable works)
SECTION 3-Theory-Pages 277 through 314 - notes, time signatures, scales, etc
SECTION 4-Instrument & Vocal ranges (ex. flute from middle c to c above the staff)
I think it is very comprehensive as a small reference. The complaints on the reviews seem to be based on three things
1) The Kindle edition has problems (most of the complaints)- get the hard copy
2) One person complained about a couple of typographical errors. All books have typographical errors!
3) It doesn't list ALL the composers or ALL music theory, etc. But I guess it isn't thousands of pages long. A Pocket dictionary is not going to have everything possible! Some people just expect the impossible!
For what it is it is an excellent reference. A music student who carries this in his case will find everything he needs to know. This book does what it is supposed to do.
I say wake up folks. These reviews are supposed to be reviewing the PRODUCT!