Random House Encyclopedic Dictionary of Classical Music - David Cummings
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In this handy single volume, you'll find vital information on terminology, theories, instruments, composers and their works, instrumentalists, conductors, performers, and singers - virtually everything concerned with classical music. This comprehensive work offers 11,000 entries which encompass material from the late 16th century to the 20th century. To enliven the text and add a visual perspective, 200 illustrations display portraits, woodcuts, instruments, scores, programs, cartoons, photographs, and more. And, to add a unique personal touch, 400 quotations, near respective entries, bring to life both the sober and amusing thoughts of individuals on various aspects of music. In addition, this accessible reference highlights 50 great composers with biographical boxes.