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Music: Encyclopedias, Dictionaries

Music resources at Colby and other great web resources for music research.

Music Dictionaries

For Starters:

Harvard Dictionary of Music, for concise definitions

Oxford / Grove Music Online, for more thorough definitions, biographies, with sources

Biographical Dictionaries

Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Music. (2001) Edited by Nicolas Slonimsky. MUSIC REF ML105 .B16 2001

Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music. (2003)

Pronouncing Dictionaries:

The well-tempered announcer : a pronunciation guide to classical music. MUSIC REF ML109 .F73 1996

Multilingual Dictionaries:

Musical Terminology: A Practical Compendium in Four Languages. MUSIC REF ML ML108 .T4


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Music Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Use an encylopedia or dictionary to find biographies and dates of musicians, definitions of musical terms, and brief articles on cultures, styles, or musical instruments, and more sources for further information.

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