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This unique and multidimensional resource, for students , teachers and musicians, explains 2,300 musical terms through three different methods:

  • Written definitions
  • Music notation
  • Audio extracts

  • From acciaccatura and fragmentation, to ostinato and vihuela - each one is linked to a scored and audio example.

    Musical terms are defined, covering western music from the dark ages to the 20th Century.

    The definitions are backed up by an extensive reference section, including eight chapters on the elements of music:

  • Rhythm, metre and tempo
  • Tonality, modality and atonality
  • Melody, figuration and ornamentation
  • Counterpoint
  • Harmony
  • Timbre and texture
  • The structure of music
  • Style, genre and historical context

    Each musical term in the dictionary is linked to a specially prepared score. For ease of use, precise timings are given so that readers can identify the exact points at which particular compositional details can be heard.

    Each scored example can be heard on audio CD. There are 274 recorded extracts in total, completing this unique resource.

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