Musical Terms, Symbols and Theory

An Illustrated Dictionary


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About the Book

Noted lexicographer Thomsett here dissects more than 1,400 terms, a buttula to zither, with clarity and precision; 383 high quality original illustrations render concepts that make verbal explanation difficult. Fully cross referenced, this dictionary is an authoritative source for researchers, musicologists, professional musicians, teachers and students of music, and educated members of the public.
The richly detailed and comprehensive dictionary proper is followed by a five-language glossary of instruments. An illustrated notation guide provides identification of symbols used in musical scores. The final section comprehensively covers scales, keys and chords.

About the Author(s)

Michael C. Thomsett is the author, coauthor or compiler of many books including topical dictionaries, collections of quotations and history books. He lives in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

Bibliographic Details

Michael C. Thomsett
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 287
Bibliographic Info: photos, musical notation and lyrics, glossary
Copyright Date: 2012 [1989]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6757-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1526-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction      ix

Glossary of Terms      1
Multi-Language Instrument Guide      247
Illustrated Notation Guide      251
Scales, Keys and Chords      261

Book Reviews & Awards

“a handy volume…its ease of use, pleasing format, and clear, brief definitions make this suitable for high school libraries as well as academic and public”—Booklist; “useful”—Library Journal.