Academic journal article Notes

Glossary

Academic journal article Notes

Glossary

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Glossary. Naxos Digital Services. http: //www.naxos.com/education/glossary .asp. (Accessed October-December 2008). [Requires a Web browser and an Internet connection.]

Naxos provides this glossary as part of a suite of education resources, which also features an Introduction to Classical Music, the A-Z of Opera, and How to Enjoy a Live Concert. Although some of this content (including the glossary) is duplicated within Naxos Music Library, this interface is separate, and no subscription is required. In terms of scope, the dictionary is midsized, with several hundred entries. The definitions are fairly brief but accurate, and they are occasionally quirky, witness the definition of "Largo: (Italian: broad, wide, large and consequently slow) is used as a frequent instruction to performers. Handel's Largo, an aria from his opera Serse, is in fact marked Larghetto, although this does not seem to affect its speed in popular performance." A reasonable definition, but the sidelight on Handel seems unnecessary and out of place. Indeed, the definitions are difficult to characterize because of their inconsistency. Some are first-rate and rank with the Dolmetsch and Grove resources (see "Mode," which deals quite well with the theory of modal scales but omits any mention of rhythmic modes), while others are either too brief or idiosyncratic (see "Legato" or "Concerto"). Etymology is not given but country of origin is sometimes provided. Pronunciation is not indicated. There are no multimedia elements or links to recordings.

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