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 OxfordCompanion 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.
First published in 1938, The Oxford Companion to Music has been the first choice for authoritative information on all aspects of music. Now, 17 years since the last edition, the Companion is here to serve a new generation of students, teachers, performers, concert goers, record collectors, and music lovers.
Completely revised and updated by a distinguished team of contributors, the Oxford Companion to Music features more than 1,000 new entries than the previous edition; more than 70 percent of the entire text is either new or entirely rewritten. Here, in articles that range from clear, concise definitions of musical ideas and terms to extended surveys of musical forms and styles, is authoritative coverage of virtually every musical subject. Embracing the world of music in all its variety--including jazz, popular music, and dance--the Companion offers a concentrated focus on the Western classic tradition, from the Middle Ages to the present day.
More than 8,000 articles sweep across an extraordinary range of subjects: composers, performers, conductors, individual works, instruments and notation, forms and genres. From the study of music--theory, aesthetics, scholarship--to the way it is performed and disseminated, the Companion provides comprehensive, accessible coverage of music in all its artistic, historical, cultural, and social dimensions.
Comprehensive, authoritative, up-to-date, and designed throughout for clarity and accessibility, the new Oxford Companion to Music, like every edition before it, will immediately become an indispensable resource for all who wish to enrich their love and knowledge of music.
Alison Latham is a well-known editor of music reference works. She has edited The Musical Times and for over ten years was publications editor at the Royal Opera House, Convent Garden. She was assistant editor of The Grove Concise Dictionary of Music and the co-editor of The Cambridge Guide to Music and Verdi in Performance.
"The Oxford Companion to Music
is back with a deft new editor, a smart new look, and a reasonable price tag, considering the wealth of information....A solid reference with a grand pedigree, usefully improved for home and general office use."--Library Journal [Starred Review]
"Much is gained in the updating."--The New York Times
"Latham spruces up this edition with more than 1000 new entries; more than 70% of the book is essentially new material, not just about Western classical music, but also jazz, pop and dance music....Priced reasonably, given the book's size, this title may find its way not only into reference collections, but into the hands of music lovers who want an up-to-date browsing tome."--Publishers Weekly
"When you need a question about music answered, the newly-revised Oxford Companion to Music
should prove your best friend. It's a cornucopia of information."--Chicago Tribune
"Merits a place on any music-lover's shelf."--Nashville Tennessean
"Much information is packed into this 8000-article volume. A worthwile purchase."--Choice
"An accessible, authoritative resource,"--School Library Journal