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  1. The Essential Music Reference Library (3 Books)
    The Essential Music Reference Library (3 Books)
    Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. / Other
    $13.99 Retail: $17.50 Save 20% ($3.51)
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    CBD Stock No: WW902793

Perfect for tucking into a music tote bag or making the most of bookshelf space, this pocket-sized 3-volume Essential Music Reference Library set contains the Essential Dictionary of Music, Essential Dictionary of Orchestration and the Essential Dictionary of Music Notation. Encased in a slipcase, these practical guides will be invaluable in your music study. Over 300 pages each. Approximately 5.5" x 4.5".

  1. The Oxford Dictionary of Music
    The Oxford Dictionary of Music
    Tim Rutherford-Johnson, Michael Kennedy, Joyce Kennedy
    Oxford University Press / 2012 / Hardcover
    $32.97 Retail: $49.95 Save 34% ($16.98)
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    CBD Stock No: WW578108
  1. Essential Dictionary of Music
    Essential Dictionary of Music
    Lindsey Harnsberger
    Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. / 1997 / Trade Paperback
    $5.49 Retail: $5.95 Save 8% ($0.46)
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    CBD Stock No: WW16636

Bach to Zappa, Banjo to Xylophone, this handy dictionary features definitions and pronunciations of musical terms; composer biographies; sections on music theory, notation, and transposition; instrument listings; and more. 336 pages, softcover from Alfred.

  1. Essential Dictionary of Composers
    Essential Dictionary of Composers
    Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. / Other
    $4.49 Retail: $4.99 Save 10% ($0.50)
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    CBD Stock No: WW816642

Handy reference guide contains easy-to-use historical facts on composers that are both educational and fun! Covers the time period from the middle ages to contemporary/pop. Includes dates and historical periods of music and more.

  1. Essential Dictionary of Orchestration
    Essential Dictionary of Orchestration
    Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. / Other
    $8.09 Retail: $8.99 Save 10% ($0.90)
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    CBD Stock No: WW817894

At last, an orchestration book tailor-made for the classroom musician on a budget. Any teacher, student or professional musician, whether a composer, orchestrator, arranger, performer or enthusiast will find this thoroughly comprehensive dictionary full of the most needed information on over 150 instruments. Designed for quick and easy reference, the Essential Dictionary of Orchestration includes those much-needed instrument ranges, general characteristics, tone quality descriptions, technical pitfalls, useful scoring tips and much more!

  1. Essential Dictionary of Music Definitions
    Essential Dictionary of Music Definitions
    Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. / Other
    $4.95 Retail: $5.50 Save 10% ($0.55)
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    CBD Stock No: WW816641

An invaluable addition to the "Essential Dictionary" library, this Handy Guide provides a comprehensive reference for musical terms and definitions. Often supported by examples that clarify the presented term, the volume also includes the pronunciation of foreign terms, and up-to-date electronic music terms. Entries are cross-referenced for easy use.

  1. Essential Dictionary of Music Notation
    Essential Dictionary of Music Notation
    Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. / Other
    $6.29 Retail: $6.99 Save 10% ($0.70)
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    CBD Stock No: WW816638

Essential dictionary for musicians and music students, an excellent reference resource in convenient size, is is the most practical and concise source for music notation.
Easy to use dictionary format, concise text with bold illustration, keywords and concepts are highlighted. Covers more than 75 topics; helpful whether you are using a pencil or a computer. 5.5" x 4".

  1. Essential Songwriter's Rhyming Dictionary
    Essential Songwriter's Rhyming Dictionary
    Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. / Trade Paperback
    $5.49 Retail: $5.95 Save 8% ($0.46)
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    CBD Stock No: WW816637

Acclaimed by the New York Times as "part muse, part quick reference," this pocket-sized dictionary is an easy-to-use tool geared specifically toward the contemporary songwriter. A concise collection of the most-often used words in popular music, the simple format allows for fast reference, while the 15,000 entries provide more than ample rhyming options. 304 pages, softcover.

  1. Oxford Companion to Music
    Oxford Companion to Music
    Allison Latham, ed.
    Oxford University Press / 2002 / Hardcover
    $83.06
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    CBD Stock No: WW662122

The Oxford Companion to Music is one of the most famous music reference works of all time. This invaluable companion now reappears in a completely new edition. Over a million words in length, it is the biggest, most authoritative, and most up-to-date, single-volume music reference book available.

This new edition draws from both the classic single-volume Oxford Companion to Musicby Percy Scholes, and the two-volume New Oxford Companion to Music, edited by Denis Arnold, but is thoroughly revised and reimagined for the 21st century--serving a new generation of students, performers, concert-goers, and music lovers.
Completely revised and updated by a distinguished team of contributors, this book features more than 1,000 new entries with more than 70 percent of the text either new or entirely rewritten. Here, in articles that range from clear concise definition of musical ideas and terms to extended surveys of musical forms and styles, is specialist coverage of virtually every musical subject. Embracing the world of music in all its variety--including classical, jazze, dance, and popular music--this companion offers a concentrated focus on the Western classic tradition, from antiquity to present day.
More than 8,000 articles sweep across an extraordinary range of subjects: composers, conductors, performers, individual works, instruments, notation, forms and genres, theory, aesthetics, and the way music is performed and disseminated. This book, like every edition before it, will immediately become an indispensable resource for all who wish to enrich their love and knowledge of music.

  1. Music: Discover music in all its forms and the amazing variety of instruments from zithers to synthesizers
    Music: Discover music in all its forms and the amazing variety of instruments from zithers to synthesizers
    DK Publishing
    DK Books / Hardcover
    $15.29 Retail: $16.99 Save 10% ($1.70)
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    CBD Stock No: WW607098

Here is an original and exciting look at the fascinating world of sound and music. Superb real-life photographs of instruments ranging from zithers and panpipes to electric guitars and synthesizers offer a unique "eyewitness" view of ancient and contemporary music. See how strings vibrate to make a note sound, how an invisible "column" of air sounds a pipe, which instrument resembles a peacock, how sousaphone players wear their instruments. Learn who invented an important new key system, how to master the bagpipes, why pipe organs have "ears" and "mouths", and why French horns are "doubled up". Discover how a vegetable gourd charms snakes, why tangled fingers led to the invention of the piano, why spiders add a "buzz" to xylophones, where reindeer toe-bones were used as whistles, and much, much more!

  1. Music
    Music
    DK Books / 2013 / Hardcover
    $29.49 Retail: $50.00 Save 41% ($20.51)
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    CBD Stock No: WW414366