The Concise Edition of Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians
Since 1900, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians has been the classic work of musical biography and the first choice of readers for factual accuracy, informative histories of the men and women of music, and critical insights into their work. For this concise edition, Nicolas Slonimsky, who has edited Baker's since 1958, has selected more than 5,000 enduring musical personalities, covering all the most influential figures in music past and present. A work of unrivaled scope and reliability, Baker's has been the source for accurate and enlightening information about composers, conductors, singers, and instrumental virtuosos as well as important philosophers, scholars, critics, teachers, librettists, patrons, and impresarios from the distant past to the present day. All biographical entries are written in the witty, authoritative, and engaging style that has become a Baker's tradition. For this edition, Slonimsky has selected definitive biographies of hundreds of artists in jazz, rock, country, blues, and other forms of popular music, as well as a multi-cultural representation of modern and classical musicians. Now more than ever, Baker's is an invaluable sourcebook for anyone with an interest in music - students, teachers, scholars, musicians, music lovers, record collectors, and concertgoers. All will find it enlightening, informative, and indispensable.
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