I’m very pleased to announce that today the sixth edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Music makes its way into the world as a paperback. Look – there’s my name on it! My sincere thanks to everyone at OUP who has made this happen.
As well as the usual smaller format, different cover etc. the paperback has been slightly updated from the hardback edition of 12 months ago, mostly to account for a number of significant musical deaths in recent months. If you want a proper doorstop/footstool/weapon, however, you should probably still go for the hardback.
You can check out a sample of the first few pages on the OUP website. The gratifying inclusion of entries for Van der Aa, Ablinger, Abrahamsen, afrobeat and afropop in that sample gives you some idea of the additions made between the fifth and sixth editions. You might also find interest in the list of weblinks compiled in support of the dictionary’s text.
Some more features (taken from the OUP website):
- Contains over 10,000 entries providing broad coverage of musical terms from many periods of history
- Thoroughly revised and updated with many entries expanded for the new edition
- Over 250 new entries covering popular music, ethnomusicology, modern and contemporary composers, music analysis, and recording technology
- Includes 100 entry-level web links, which are listed and regularly updated on a dedicated companion website
- Now contains two useful appendices: a list of French, German, and Italian musical terms and their English translations, as well as an abbreviations list for letters commonly used in musical scores and musical writing.
I know I would say this, but this really is a must-buy reference for all music students starting out this autumn. You won’t find a more up-to-date or wide-ranging reference book for this kind of price anywhere – get it directly from OUP (RRP £12.99) or from all the usual places. (Here’s the Amazon link, if you must.)