A guide to the thousands of characters, who people the history of music, this volume brings together all the biographical information about composers, performers, music theorists and instrument makers from the days of praise chants to the bop and pop of today. A companion to The New Harvard Dictionary of Music, this biographical dictionary emphasizes classical and art music, but also gives attention to jazz and blues, rock and pop, and hymns and showtunes across the ages - with care devoted to coverage of the 20th century.
This classic reference work, a one-volume music dictionary, has been brought completely up to date in this new edition. Combining authoritative scholarship and lucid prose, this is an essential guide for musicians, students and everyone who appreciates music. Dictionary of Music includes entries on all the styles and forms in Western music; comprehensive articles on the music of Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Near East; descriptions of instruments enriched by historical background; and articles that reflect today's beat, including popular music, jazz and rock.