The Oxford Dictionary of Music
Now available in paperback and with over 10,000 entries, the Oxford Dictionary of Music (previously the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music) offers broad coverage of a wide range of musical categories spanning many eras, including composers, librettists, singers, orchestras, important ballets and operas, and musical instruments and their history. Over 250 new entries have been added to this edition to expand coverage of popular music, ethnomusicology, modern and contemporary composers, music analysis, and recording technology. Existing entries have been expanded where necessary to include more coverage of the reception of major works, and to include key new works and categories, such as multimedia. Entry-level web links are listed and regularly updated on a dedicated companion website, expanding the scope of the dictionary. The dictionary now also includes two useful appendices, one listing French, German, and Italian musical terms with their English translations, and an abbreviations list for letters commonly used in musical scores and musical writing. The Oxford Dictionary of Music is the most up-to-date and accessible dictionary of musical terms available and an essential point of reference for music students, teachers, lecturers, professional musicians, as well as music enthusiasts.
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Directions and Expression Markings in French German and Italian
List of Abbreviations found in Musical Scores
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Amer American composer Bach ballet band bass Bayreuth Beethoven Berlin brass Brit Britten cantata Cath cent CG début chbr music chbr orch Chief cond choral Coll comp concert conductor Cons dance elec Elgar English composer German Glyndebourne Handel Haydn incl instr Italian J. S. Bach jazz La Scala London début Milan minor motets movt Mozart Munich music critic NY Met Opera début Opera North oratorio Orchestra organ Organ stop organist orig Paris perc perf pf conc pf sonatas pf trio pianist played player poem Prague Prod Prof pubd Rome Royal Salzburg Fest Sang Scala Scottish Opera singer singing solo soloist sonata songs soprano str qt Strauss Suite Symphony syms teacher Toured Univ Vienna Vienna State Opera violinist vn conc vn sonata vocal Wagner wind qnt Wrote