Containing 5,000 entries on composers, most of which include up-to-date worklists, The Oxford Dictionary of Music also provides entries on conductors, performers, directors, critics, producers and designers of international repute, writers and scholars. Entries also cover musical terms and forms, individual works (like operas and ballets), orchestras and companies from around the world, famous opera houses, concert-halls and musical festivals.

Included are musical terms, styles and forms ranging from operatic, vocal, and film scores, to song cycles, chamber, hymns, barbershop and oratorios. Covered are general themes like musicology, acoustics, absolute pitch and historical periods such as the Byzantine era. A wide range of musical instruments is included - from the familiar strings, wind and brass to the less familiar aeolian harp, bamboula and sackbut.

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SEARCH TOOLS - quickly find words with the functional, clean and easy-to-use interface. Designed to provide the most comprehensive search experience, the dictionary combines several search tools to match or predict what are you looking for, including:
 • Search autocomplete helps you find words quickly by displaying predictions as you type.
 • Keyword lookup allows you to search within compound words and phrases.
 • Camera search looks up words in the camera viewfinder and displays results in seconds.
 • Voice search helps you find an entry using your speech.
 • Automatic ‘Fuzzy filter’ that corrects word spelling and a ‘Wild card’ that allows you to replace a letter or entire parts of a word with '*' or '?' when you don’t know how it`s spelled.

LEARNING TOOLS - engaging features that help you further enhance your vocabulary. Designed to give you the freedom to structure your studies, this dictionary combines several learning tools to help you be more organized:
 • ‘Favorites’ that allow you to create custom folders with lists of words.
 • Recent list which helps you to easily review looked-up words.
 • Swipe-to-delete functionality in the Recent and Favorites menus.
 • Word-of-the-day option to teach you a new word every day.

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What’s New

Version 10.0.17

• iOS 12 Support
• Beautifully integrated for iPhone XS
• Bug fixes and performance improvements

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

JSK67 ,

Excellent App

I have the physical version of this reference book, and it appears to have all the information the other does. As with all the Oxford products I have purchased, it is very well done. Full of music history, and even delving into music itself though not in great detail. It is an excellent source of info on composers. Brief, yet concise. I found it an excellent companion when going thru my music history course.

My only gripe was that I had purchased this on an earlier platform and was subsequently discontinued so had to purchase again.

Still, well worth the investment!

KevinCoan ,

Average app

I was hoping this dictionary would have most of the terms that I was finding in my music that I didn’t know, but a decent number of terms I was finding in standard works (Chopin Preludes and Waltzes, Beethoven Sonatas, Schumann, etc) we’re not in the dictionary. Most of the terms I did find in this dictionary I also found in the students’ method books in the last pages.

If you don’t have another resource, this is better than nothing, but if you have something you’re happy with, don’t waste time or money on this.

Brian Kemble ,

Lacks a great deal of information

Here is an example of common terms you will either find misleading information or no information on. Dolce - apparently doesn’t mean sweetly, this app thinks you mean a part of an organ. Leggiero is not a term in this book. It seems as if everything I try to search comes up for with no information or poor information. I expected something akin to the online oxford dictionary which is wonderful. This app is a terrible waste of your money. Do not purchase if you have any musical training whatsoever. Just use google......


MobiSystems, Inc.
88.2 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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