The dictionary now also includes two useful appendices, one listing French, German, and Italian musical terms with their English translations, and an abbreviations list for letters commonly used in musical scores and musical writing.

The Oxford Dictionary of Music is the most up-to-date and accessible dictionary of musical terms available and an essential point of reference for music students, teachers, lecturers, professional musicians, as well as music enthusiasts.

Tim Rutherford-Johnson has worked for the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians since 1999 and until 2010 was the editor responsible for the dictionary's coverage of 20th- and 21st century music. He has published and lectured on several contemporary composers, and regularly reviews new music for both print and online publications.

Have you ever wondered what accelerando means? How about kapellmeister ? Know what a xaphoon is? Or what nachtmusik is? And what does fortissimo really mean? Ever heard Musique Concrete? Well, there's no need to feel lost when you hear these terms, because you can find the definitions to these and and many more musical terms.

Welcome to our online music dictionary. Like any subject, music has its own terminology. Here you'll find definitions and explanations of a variety of common common musical terms that may help you understand music's terminology. Terms are concisely defined, and where useful, are linked to other terms and external websites. Not all of the terms are found in the Englich language, because music is international. And while there is a strong classical emphasis, there are terms from many different styles of music. Come back often, as we are constantly adding new words to the music dictionary from all walks and styles of music.

The dictionary now also includes two useful appendices, one listing French, German, and Italian musical terms with their English translations, and an abbreviations list for letters commonly used in musical scores and musical writing.

The Oxford Dictionary of Music is the most up-to-date and accessible dictionary of musical terms available and an essential point of reference for music students, teachers, lecturers, professional musicians, as well as music enthusiasts.

Tim Rutherford-Johnson has worked for the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians since 1999 and until 2010 was the editor responsible for the dictionary's coverage of 20th- and 21st century music. He has published and lectured on several contemporary composers, and regularly reviews new music for both print and online publications.

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Dictionary of Music and Musicians (Grove, George) - IMSLP.

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