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Dictionary of Music in Sound
Includes 3 CDs

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“Expensive but worth it!”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]

I know this is expensive but it is well worth it. This is a dictionary of the technical language of music (so no composer biographies) and each entry is cross-referenced to both the musical examples book and the CDs. This way not only do you read about it, you can also see it and hear it. Very clever and very good.

From the Publisher

The Rhinegold Dictionary of Music in Sound is the worlds first dictionary of music terminology that you can listen to. It is a comprehensive, multi-dimensional guide which defines the language used to describe western art music from the dark ages to the end of the 20th century. Thousands of musical terms are defined in Volume 1 (the Dictionary), illustrated with 274 specially prepared scores in Volume 2 (the Music Examples), and, in Volume 3, 274 recorded extracts on three compact disks. Every definition is followed by reference to at least one score and recording. Additional cross-references to eight chapters on the elements of music place the definitions in broader musical and historical contexts. This unique publication brings music terminology to life through sound and is aimed at enthusiastic listeners, students, teachers and professional musicians.


Book 1: Dictionary

  1. Rhythm,metre and tempo
  2. Tonality, modality and atonality
  3. Melody, figuration and ornamentation
  4. Counterpoint
  5. Harmony
  6. Timbre and texture
  7. The structure of music
  8. Style, genre and historical context

Book 2: Music Examples

  • Index by track
  • Index by composer
  • Index by performer
  • Members of ensembles

Book 3: Recordings

  • 3 CDs



Item Details

Category: Music Dictionaries
Publisher: Rhinegold Publishing
Publisher's reference: RHG500
Our Stock Code: 932578
Media Type: Paperback; includes accompaniment CDs x3