The Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music

The Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music

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Harvard University Press

An incomparable guide to the thousands of characters, from humble artisan to lofty genius, who people the unfolding history of music, this volume brings together all the pertinent biographical information about composers, performers, music theorists, and instrument makers from the days of praise chants to the bop and pop of today. A long-awaited companion to The New Harvard Dictionary of Music, and compiled with the same meticulous scholarship and delight in detail, this biographical dictionary emphasizes classical and art music, but also gives ample attention to jazz and blues, rock and pop, and hymns and showtunes across the ages--with unusual care devoted to coverage of the twentieth century.

That the Belgian composer Jean Absil was professor of fugue at the Brussels Conservatory is a little-known fact. And few are aware that Roy Acuff began his country-and-western career in medicine shows. The writings of the seventeenth-century organist Jakob Adlung may be obscure, while Theodor Adorno's are widely read and studied. But they can all be found in the A's, along with 218 more entries, from Herb Alpert and the Andrews Sisters to Carl Friedrich Abel and Emanuel Ax. And this is only the beginning.

Here then is the information you need about 5500 figures in the world of music--the major, the minor, the famous, the nearly forgotten, from Bach and Beethoven to Irving Berlin, Benny Goodman, and Bruce Springsteen--capsule summaries of the lives and careers behind the music enjoyed in every era. The volume is enlivened with illustrations, some revelations in themselves.

A compendium that no music lover should be without, this rich volume, along with The New Harvard Dictionary of Music, constitutes the standard reference work for the musically inclined, the curious, the informed, and the expert.



Baker & Taylor
An illustrated companion volume to The New Harvard Dictionary of Music offers authoritative articles covering nearly 5,500 figures in the history of music, from classical to jazz to hymns to blues. UP.

Book News
Illuminates the lives and careers of 5,500 composers, performers, music theorists, and instrument makers from the time of praise chants to our own era. The emphasis is on classical and art music, but ample attention is also given to jazz and blues, rock and pop, and hymns and showtunes. Capsule summaries of the lives and careers behind music from Bach and Beethoven to Irving Berlin, Benny Goodman, and Bruce Springsteen are occasionally enlivened by period illustrations. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
A long-awaited companion to The New Harvard Dictionary of Music, and compiled with the same meticulous scholarship and delight in detail, this biographical dictionary emphasizes classical and art music, but also gives ample attention to jazz and blues, rock and pop, and hymns and showtunes across the ages - with unusual care devoted to coverage of the twentieth century.
That the Belgian composer Jean Absil was professor of fugue at the Brussels Conservatory is a little-known fact. And few are aware that Roy Acuff began his country-and-western career in medicine shows. The writings of the eighteenth-century organist Jakob Adlung may be obscure, while Theodor Adorno is widely read and studied. But they can all be found in the A's, along with 218 more entries, from Carl Friedrich Abel to Emanuel Ax. And this is only the beginning.
Here then is the information you need about 5,500 figures in the world of music - the major, the minor, the famous, the nearly forgotten, from Bach and Beethoven to Irving Berlin, Benny Goodman, and Bruce Springsteen - capsule summaries of the lives and careers behind the music enjoyed in every era. The volume is enlivened with illustrations, some revelations in themselves.

Baker
& Taylor

Provides authoritative articles covering nearly 5,500 figures in the history of music, from classical to jazz to hymns to blues

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1996
ISBN: 9780674372993
0674372999
Branch Call Number: REF 780.92 HARVA
Characteristics: x, 1,013 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Randel, Don Michael

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