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The Oxford Companion to Music


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Preface Acknowledgements Contributors Abbreviations Oxford Companion to Music Index of people

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Alison Latham is a highly experienced editor of music reference works. She was a member of the editorial team for the multi-volume New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1980), assistant editor of The Grove Concise Dictionary of Music (1988, reprinted 1994), co-editor (with Stanley Sadie) of The Cambridge Guide to Music and Brief Guide to Music (1994) and (with Roger Parker) of Verdi in Performance (2001). She was co-editor of The Musical Times from 1977 to 1988. From 1989 to 2000 she was Publications Editor at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and editor of the libretto series Royal Opera Texts. She now works as a freelance writer and editor on 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' TES 19/04/2002 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' Glasgow Herald `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 GBP35 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

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