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The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments
The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, 2nd edition, will be the largest, most comprehensive reference publication on worldwide musical instruments. Thirty years ago, the three volumes of the first edition of the dictionary were produced to wide acclaim in the musical community. This second edition reflects the last three decades' tremendous growth in scope and sophistication of the field of organology. At five volumes, it provides greatly expanded coverage, particularly of electronic and experimental instruments, history and techniques of instrument design and manufacture, issues of practical concern, the human body as instrument, and people whose work has shaped the modern understanding of instruments. The dictionary aims to present basic information about the most important instruments worldwide and a broad, representative selection of lesser-known ones of particular significance. Along with instruments and their makers, it discusses subjects of related interest in order to provide a fuller picture of the cultural role of instruments throughout the.
By addressing salient issues of contemporary organology (the systematic study of the history, design and technology, and functions of musical instruments of all times and places), the dictionary seeks also to map the directions in which this field is growing in the 21st century, and to encourage further investigation. The dictionary's articles are supplemented by over 600 images and 190 musical examples. An index, abbreviations lists, and list of contributors make navigation easy. With well-researched, informative articles by over 500 authors, including most of the top scholars in the field, The Grove Dictionary of American Music will be accessible to scholars, academic specialists, and the general public.
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This is an enormously valuable work. A three-volume dictionary of instruments could hardly fail to have some value; but the great thing about this one, which will be consulted by many for years to come, is that it can be trusted. Music and Letters Never has there been such a Dictionary of Instruments, nor, in our time, is there likely ever to be another to compare with it for all its excellencies. Musical Times The Dictionary must be regarded as a triumphant success; this reviewer, for one, can no longer imagine life without it. Galpin Society Journal The achievement is already a great one, and one looks forward to a subsequent edition in future years. Journal of the American Musicological Society, review of the first edition, 1988