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Chapter 07

Some musical terms and phrases

This chapter is a selective reference source for some of the words and phrases commonly used in writings about music. It includes abbreviations, and clarifies terms that are sometimes used confusingly or inaccurately.

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Cross references from Music in Words

There are no specific cross references from Chapter 7.

Helpful external Web sites

The American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress provides useful ethnomusicology and folksong links.

The BBC website is the most consulted UK website, and its music pages provide a wealth of information on musical topics, including a range of reference sources in the 'Learning' section.

The Instrument Encyclopedia is based around artifacts from the Stearns Collection of the University of Michigan. Instruments can be browsed either by country of origin or by a version of the Sachs-Hornbostel classification system.

Chapter bibliography

Boustead, A. Writing Down Music. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1975.

The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. 10 vols. New York: Routledge, 1998-2002.

Holoman, D. K. Writing about Music: A Style Sheet from the Editors of 19th-Century Music. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988.

Kernfeld, B., ed. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 3 vols. 2nd ed. New York: Grove, 2002.

Randel, D. M., ed. The Harvard Dictionary of Music. 4th rev. ed. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2003.

Read, G. Music Notation: A Manual of Modern Practice. 2nd ed. New York: Taplinger Publishing Company, 1979.

Sadie, Stanley, and John Tyrrell, eds. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. 29 vols. 2nd ed. London: Macmillan, 2001. (Also available electronically as Grove Online.)

Shepherd, John et al., eds. The Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World. 7 vols. London: Continuum, 2003-2005.

Strahle, G. An Early Music Dictionary: Musical terms from British sources 1500-1740. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

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