Musical Terms, Symbols and Theory: An Illustrated Dictionary

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Noted lexicographer Thomsett here dissects over 1,400 terms, a buttula to zither, with his acclaimed clarity and precision ("definitely recommended" said Library Journal of his Investment and Securities Dictionary); 383 high quality original illustrations render concepts that make verbal explanation difficult. Fully cross referenced, this dictionary will prove to be the indispensable and authoritative reference for researchers, musicologists, professional musicians, teachers and students of music, and educated members of the general public. The richly detailed and comprehensive dictionary proper is followed by a five-language glossary of instruments. An illustrated notation guide provides identification of symbols used in musical scores. The final section comprehensively covers scales, keys and chords.

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Michael C. Thomsett is the author, coauthor or compiler of many books including topical dictionaries, collections of quotations and history books. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Creating an authoritative dictionary of music is a formidable task. One need only consult The New Harvard Dictionary of Music ( LJ 4/15/87) or The New Everyman Dictionary of Music ( LJ 7/89) to appreciate the impeccable scholarship required. Although Thomsett's work may be useful for general illustrations (music examples), his entries on music theory are at times confusing and often incorrect. The polyglot instrument guide may also find limited use, but as a reliable music dictionary, this work simply does not cut the mustard. Not recommended.
- William J. Waters, Pensacola Jr. Coll., Fla.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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