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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Ratings and Reviews
Good, but could be better, with more clarity
Lots of interesting information, but presented with far too many shortened words and abbreviations, which makes articles much more difficult to read than they should be.
Just spell words out. Simple. PLEASE!!!
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!
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.
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