First published in 1938, The Oxford Companion to Music has been the first choice for authoritative information on all aspects of music. Now, 17 years since the last edition, the Companion is here to serve a new generation of students, teachers, performers, concert goers, record collectors, and music lovers.
Completely revised and updated by a distinguished team of contributors, the Oxford Companion to Music features more than 1,000 new entries than the previous edition; more than 70 percent of the entire text is either new or entirely rewritten. Here, in articles that range from clear, concise definitions of musical ideas and terms to extended surveys of musical forms and styles, is authoritative coverage of virtually every musical subject. Embracing the world of music in all its variety--including jazz, popular music, and dance--the Companion offers a concentrated focus on the Western classic tradition, from the Middle Ages to the present day.
More than 8,000 articles sweep across an extraordinary range of subjects: composers, performers, conductors, individual works, instruments and notation, forms and genres. From the study of music--theory, aesthetics, scholarship--to the way it is performed and disseminated, the Companion provides comprehensive, accessible coverage of music in all its artistic, historical, cultural, and social dimensions.
Comprehensive, authoritative, up-to-date, and designed throughout for clarity and accessibility, the new Oxford Companion to Music, like every edition before it, will immediately become an indispensable resource for all who wish to enrich their love and knowledge of music.
`Review from previous edition The New Oxford Companion to Music has no near rival'
Sunday Times Magazine
`A well-loved friend returns . . . .The latest incarnation is in one volume, sports a stellar contributors' list and more than matches the authority of its immediate predecessor . . . . probably the best one-volume music reference book going'
I shall find the new Companion useful and indeed companionable , . . . The new Companion is undoubtedly more reliable and comprehensive than Scholes
`valuable for technical definitions and explanations of foreign terms . . .'
Sunday Times 10/03/2002
`Latham's Companion is certainly useful'
Th Evening Standard 11/03/2002
`will rightly find a place in musical households'
Classical Music Weekly
`every page contains something of interest, even for the most knowledgeable'
`not only informative but also a pleasure to read...a worthy successor to the previous edition. For teachers and students in schools it will be an invaluable addition to libraries, and at only £35 this new Companion will surely be purchased by large numbers of musicians for their personal collections'
Charles Plummeridge, British Journal of Music Education
`I have come to imagine the Oxford Companion to Music as a person, perhaps a woman of a certain age and reassuring heft, though she has slimmed down from the two-volume gravitas of her last edition. She is informed but not infallible, quirky, opinionated worldly yet parochial. You need to be copmanionable yourself to do her justice'
David Schiff, Times Literary Supplement