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The Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians (Harvard University Press Reference Library)

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ISBN-13: 978-0674009783
ISBN-10: 0674009789
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Considering scope, reliability, and cost, this is the preferred single-volume music reference for college libraries, even though it overlaps the works on which it is based, which are in most academic collections. It will appeal to undergraduates and students majoring outside music, and will give reference librarians a promising first port of call for many types of inquiry. (G.A. Marco Choice)

Since 1944 (when Willi Apel published the first edition) and down through dozens of revised editions, The Harvard Dictionary has been an indispensable reference tool for everyone involved in music. It contains definitions and explanations of every possible musical term, instrument, and concept, as well as short biographical notes on composers, conductors, and performers. Each new edition expands the area covered, especially globally. A spot check of the contents of this volume reveals that the concise version, edited by Randel, contains nearly all of the most important entries found in the larger edition. (Timothy J. McGee Library Journal)

The Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians is convenient and authoritative. (Booklist)

About the Author

Don Michael Randel, former Professor of Music at Cornell University and Professor of Music and President of the University of Chicago, is President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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Product Details

  • Series: Harvard University Press Reference Library (Book 17)
  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Belknap Press (October 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674009789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674009783
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a piano teacher with graduating seniors, I usually give them the Harvard dictionary, as I hope it helps them to keep their interest in classical music as they continue on in life. It's still the easiest to use, as well as having trusted entries.
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I recieved the book in excellent condition and have poured through it for hours. After a 20 plus year absence from "playing" music, I decided to return to the guitar but wanted to do it properly this time. The subject book has been of great use in understanding various music terms, proceedures, etc.

I would recommend this book to anyonme wishing to learn music "in-depth"

PS, it does include information on various "rock band musicians" as well as classical.
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This interesting work contains besides information and valorization of the musical themes in its technical and historical aspects .

You will capable to consult any concise definition as legato, etude, glissandi or the scherzo meaning

You will find an invaluable source of works related with wide references , historical age and some other issues of interest.

Without any doubt it will be very helpful for history students and music players , for the amateur music a flowing of knowledge and for those who simply listen to , read and enjoy the magic of the audition and the talent of their composers , an inexhaustible scattering work.
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Gives tons of information of musicians and music concepts that are helpful for writing research papers.
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This is an excellent dictionary for lovers of music. If you are looking for Rock personalities forget it unless they are more "poets" like
Paul McCartney. No Ted Nugent here!!
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The book is in perfect condition! To be completely honest, its in better condition than anything at the book store on campus.
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I love this book. It is some cool. I always look words up whenever I am stumped in music theory or just in my practice. It is a very good buy!! I recommend it to anybody who is into music. :)
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