Dictionary of Music, The Penguin: New Edition (Reference Books)

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9780140510126: Dictionary of Music, The Penguin: New Edition (Reference Books)

This text is now in its sixth edition. It has been thoroughly revised and expanded and the additional entries, of which there are over 500, include musical instruments, recent compositions, new composers and rising stars of the opera world. There is also a new subject area - classic musicals and their composers. The book covers opera and ballet as well as orchestral, solo, choral and chamber music. Detailed entries include performers working today, composers and their works, instruments of every kind, musical terms and genres, orchestras, performers and conductors, and authors whose work has inspired musical composition.

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Arthur Jacobs is well-known both in his native England and in the United States as a critic, author, translator of librettos, lecturer and broadcaster.

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“[A] very competent dictionary, making a great amount of accurate information easily available for the student and amateur.”

—Harold E. Samuel, Notes

“[V]ery good value. . . . Intended for ‘the inquiring music-lover, whether as listener or as performer,’ it makes use of the methods of popular journalism, and has much dry humour, as in the description of Jacob Avshalomov as an ‘American composer—born in China of a Russian father.’”

—S. B., Music & Letters

“It is a splendidly ‘functional’ dictionary. Once again I admire Mr Jacobs’s practical and precise approach, his intelligent choice of composers, works and technical terms for inclusion, and his succinct entries for them. . . . [A]n essential book on the musician’s shelves.”

—Andrew Porter, The Musical Times

“[T]he definitions are clear and exact as well as economical, and many music-lovers will find the book useful.”

—J. A. W., Music & Letters

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