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The Oxford dictionary of music /

Main Author: Kennedy, Michael, 1926-
Other Authors: Bourne, Joyce.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1994
Edition: 2nd ed.
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Review by Choice Review

The second edition of this invaluable ready-reference tool contains 161 more pages and approximately 1,000 new entries, compared with the first edition (1985). Many of the earlier articles have been revised and updated. Kennedy, a music critic, biographer, and scholar, remains the single author of the ODM and has improved coverage in several areas, including early music (particularly Italian personalities) and contemporary terms and figures. There continues to be a distinctly English flavor (if not bias) to the writing and selection of entries. Bibliographies are absent and lists of works, where they exist at all, are much abbreviated. As a resource for the ever-growing field of world music and for popular music the ODM is grossly inadequate. Several errors, though none major, have remained uncorrected from the first edition (for example, the second double bar illustrated under the entry "Repeat marks" faces the wrong direction). Variations of names, titles, and terms are fairly well cross-referenced. Despite its shortcomings and flaws, the ODM is a comprehensive and useful resource for accurate and concise definitions and biographical sketches. It should be a part of most general and undergraduate collections. B. Doherty; John B. Stetson University

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Review by Booklist Review

Kennedy, a longtime British music critic and author, has updated and expanded his 1985 Oxford Dictionary of Music with more than 1,000 new entries plus revisions (in many cases major) to about four-fifths of the original 11,000 entries. Entries define and identify all facets of music from titles of individual works to performers, orchestras, musical forms, instruments, and composers. Identifications can be as short as one line (moll) or as long as four pages (Mozart). Much mention is made of debuts in various places and of first performances; almost no note is made of personal lives apart from music. Among new entries are those for performers Cecilia Bartoli, Evelyn Glennie, Hakan Hardenberger, and Bryn Terfel; composers Robert Moran, Andrew Toovey, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich; and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. Many composer entries have added compositions, including such operas and musicals as William Bolcom's 1992 McTeague, John Corigliano's Ghosts of Versailles (which also has its own entry), and Andrew Lloyd-Webber's Sunset Boulevard. Death of Klinghoffer and Einstein on the Beach also have their own entries. An update to the entry for Paul McCartney includes his 1991 Liverpool Oratorio. Many 1990s dates of new compositions, debuts, first performances, and deaths are noted, including those of Copland and Bernstein. Entries for Carreras, Domingo, and Pavarotti are all updated, but no mention is made of the "Three Tenors" concert(s). A few people not included: Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg, Ofra Harnoy, neither Wynton nor Branford Marsalis, nor Ida or Ani Kavafian. The Beaux Arts Trio entry still includes the names Pressler, Cohen, and Greenhouse even though they have left the group; the Juilliard Quartet entry mentions Robert Mann as the sole original member left while not naming others. The first edition of this title received an unequivocal endorsement in RBB stating that it was "indispensable to all types of libraries"; this new edition merits the same recommendation. (Reviewed Mar. 1, 1995)

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Review by School Library Journal Review

YA-This volume identifies and provides short discussions of terms, composers, conductors, works, singers, instruments, instrumentalists, and orchestras. Eighty percent of the original entries have been revised to include modern works, and 1,500 entries have been added to update this rapidly changing field. An excellent resource for music and history students. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.