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Grove Concise Dictionary of Music

Academic journal article Notes

Grove Concise Dictionary of Music

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Grove Concise Dictionary of Music. Oxford University Press, 1994. Available from Gramophone (http://www .gramophone.co.uk/) and from WQXR (http://www.wqxr.com/cgi-bin/ iowa/cla/learning/grove.html). (Accessed October-December 2008). [Requires a Web browser and an Internet connection.]

The Grove Concise Dictionary of Music may be the most familiar of the sources reviewed here. The text of this dictionary comes from the Norton/Grove Concise Encyclopedia of Music, (Stanley Sadie, ed. New York: W. W. Norton, 1988), which was published by Macmillan in the United Kingdom in 1988 as Grove Concise Dictionary of Music. Although not truly encyclopedic in scope or treatment, it does include entries for persons as well as terms. As the product of an established publisher and an esteemed editor, Grove Concise has a built-in authority. One can assume with some safety that definitions will be well-considered and accurate. It also benefits from a certain consistency in editorial approach, so that definitions tend to be of a predictable length and aimed at a given audience (students and minimally educated laypersons). The approximately 10,000 terms defined here include people, titles and nicknames of musical works, instruments, and genres.

Definitions range from single sentences to several paragraphs in length. They are, as expected, generally accurate and concise. Specialized knowledge of music is sometimes helpful in understanding the definitions, but it is generally not required. While not as detailed and specific as the Dolmetsch dictionary, Grove Concise's definition of "Mode" does refer to the same three basic definitions, and adds a reference to its use in acoustics. The quality of the definitions is certainly a strength of the dictionary. Although country of origin is often indicated, etymology is lacking, as is any help with pronunciation.

Grove Concise is available through two free interfaces on the Web. Gramophone (http: //www.gramophone.co.uk/) includes a Grove Concise search box on most of the pages on its Web site, and WQXR, a New York radio station, provides a separate interface to the resource (http://www. …

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