The Oxford Companion to Music is one of the most famous music reference works of all time. This invaluable companion now reappears in a completely new edition. Over a million words in length, it is the biggest, most authoritative, and most up-to-date, single-volume music reference book available.
This new edition draws from both the classic single-volume Oxford Companion to Musicby Percy Scholes, and the two-volume New OxfordCompanion to Music, edited by Denis Arnold, but is thoroughly revised and reimagined for the 21st century--serving a new generation of students, performers, concert-goers, and music lovers.
Completely revised and updated by a distinguished team of contributors, this book features more than 1,000 new entries with more than 70 percent of the text either new or entirely rewritten. Here, in articles that range from clear concise definition of musical ideas and terms to extended surveys of musical forms and styles, is specialist coverage of virtually every musical subject. Embracing the world of music in all its variety--including classical, jazze, dance, and popular music--this companion offers a concentrated focus on the Western classic tradition, from antiquity to present day.
More than 8,000 articles sweep across an extraordinary range of subjects: composers, conductors, performers, individual works, instruments, notation, forms and genres, theory, aesthetics, and the way music is performed and disseminated. This book, like every edition before it, will immediately become an indispensable resource for all who wish to enrich their love and knowledge of music.