An ABC of Music: A Short Practical Guide to the Basic Essentials of Rudiments, Harmony, and Form

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Oxford University Press, 1963 - Literary Collections - 189 pages
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"Learning to read music, and learning its grammar, need not be dull or too much trouble," writes Benjamin Britten in his Foreword to this book. An introduction to the language of music, designed for the amateur musician, An ABC of Music surveys all the musical terms and ideas likely to be met in the beginning stages of learning to play an instrument. A short, practical guide to the essentials of rudiments, harmony, and form, it is capable of being read straight through with pleasure and understanding, but may also be used as a sort of cumulative dictionary, with each definition leading on to the next.

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I'm currently using this little book as my go-to reference for terminology. One of the frustrating aspects of learning a new discipline, and music is no different, is the use of many different terms ... Read full review

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Imogen Holst (d. 1984), daughter of Gustav Holst, was a composer, musical assistant to Benjamin Britten and director of the Aldeburgh Festival for many years.

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