Preface; Oxford Dictionary of Musical Terms A-Z; Appendix: Index of Composers, with dates
Printed music and writing about music involve the use of complex systems of notation and a wealth of technical terms in several languages. The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Musical Terms provides clear, succinct, definitions of a comprehensive range of the musical terms, in English and other European languages, that are likely to be encountered in Western music. Over 2,500 A-Z entries range across a spectrum of subjects, among them: rhythm, metre, forms, genres, pitch, scales, chords, harmony and counterpoint, notational systems, composition and analysis, performance practice, tempo, expression, musical periods, artistic movements, computer applications, acoustics, and many more. Entries provide etymologies, and are fully cross-referenced. Some are illustrated with music examples and tables. An appendix lists all composers mentioned in the Dictionary, with their dates. It is an ideal book for students and teachers of music - it covers all the terms required in the SMAB musical theory exams - as well as for professional musicians, those learning to play musical instruments, and members of choirs, and musical groups. It will also be a useful quick reference book for concert-goers, CD-collectors, and radio listeners.
Alison Latham is a writer and editor of music reference books. She is the editor of The Oxford Companion to Music (2002), and was a member of the editorial team of the multi-volume New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1980 edn). She was also assistant editor of The Grove Concise Dictionary of Music, co-editor (with Stanley Sadie) of The Cambridge Guide to Music and (with Roger Parker) of Verdi in Performance. She was publications editor at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, from 1989 to 2000, and has co-edited The Musical Times.
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