Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1994.
xxxvi, 469 p. ; 32 cm.
Includes bibliographical references.
Acknowledgements-- Introduction-- Notes to the introduction-- How to use this dictionary-- List of abbreviations and symbols-- Dictionary-- Appendix: extended articles from Chambers and Harris-- Bibliography.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
In this invaluable reference work, Graham Strahle has compiled dictionary definitions of musical terms, in English, as used and understood during the Renaissance and Baroque periods. The dictionary contains terms relating to instruments, performance, theory and composition and draws entirely from English sources in the period 1500-1740. The main sources are lexicographic works, mainly general English dictionaries but also Latin, Italian, French and Spanish dictionaries published in England. These give a representation of continental as well as English musical traditions. There are also definitions found in musical treatises and other musical writings of the time. The purpose is to reveal how terms and definitions were understood by musicians of the time, using their own words. The book thus provides innumerable new insights into music as played and heard in earlier times. (source: Nielsen Book Data)