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The A to Z of Foreign Musical Terms: From Adagio to Zierlich a Dictionary for Performers and Students Paperback – September 1, 1989
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I haven't had to use the other languages yet, but I see no harm in including French, German and Spanish terms as well. I'm sure they are of use to some musicians. I intend to keep this book on or near the piano.
Unfortunately, this book does not have a section with English as the lead language into a non-English counterpart. It falls short in that if you want to write any of your own musical works in another language (French, German, Italian) you might run into some stumbling blocks. In other words, there are no English translations. That cost it one star.
That having been said, this is still an excellent book with a lot of useful information.
It lists the most frequently used music terms derived from ALL European languages, and in despite of being quite educated musically
I found things in it which I honestly had no idea about. It is organized alphabetically and is really easy to use. I keep it in my music room and pull it off the shelf whenever I need it. Highly recommend as a gift as well. I gave it to my son's music teacher and he said that he
really likes it.
However, this does not have a section where you can search for an English to Italian, etc...If I want to write in my own scores "graceful" but I want to use Italian, or French, or German, or even Spanish, this book is basically worthless.
It is ONLY useful when you have a foreign term you don't understand and want to know what it means. It does not take words from English and translate them, which would be REALLY helpful for me with my scores...
But for what it is, what it does, and how many various terms it has, it deserves 4/5.
Every aspiring musician NEEDS a copy of this musical dictionary, and they need it immediately.