A New Dictionary of Music (Reference Books)

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9780140510126: A New Dictionary of Music (Reference Books)

What is a fugue? What is the difference between a saxophone and a saxhorn? Who besides Puccini wrote an opera called "La Boheme"? In what year, was the National Broadcasting Company Orchestra formed under Arturo Toscanini's direction? These and thousands of similar questions are answered in this comprehensive dictionary that remains unrivaled as a single-volume summary. "A New Dictionary of Music" is a basic reference work for anyone interested in music, whether performer or layman.It covers orchestral, solo, choral and chamber music, opera, and (in its musical aspects) the ballet. There are entries for composers (with biographies and details of compositions); works well known by their titles, such as operas and symphonic poems; orchestras, performers and conductors of importance today; musical instruments (including those of the dance and brass bands); and, technical terms. English names and terms are used whenever possible, but foreign terms in general use are cross-referenced. Particular importance has been attached to bringing the reader abreast of new musical developments.The composers and musical works chosen were those most likely to be encountered. Where an opera is given an entry, a brief explanation of the title follows. Similarly explication is provided for other works bearing literary or otherwise allusive titles. Among performers and conductors, only the following are included: those who, although dead, continue to be prominent through recorded performances (e.g. Gigli); the highest-ranking international artists of today, plus a very few apparently on the verge of attaining that rank; and, a few who, though not necessarily at the very head of their profession, are closely associated with composers in bringing out new works, or are conductors in charge of important orchestras.

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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.


"[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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Jacobs, Arthur
Published by Puffin (1958)
ISBN 10: 0140510125 ISBN 13: 9780140510126
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1

Book Description Puffin, 1958. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 4th Edition. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140510125

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