The New Penguin Dictionary of Music

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The New Penguin Dictionary of Music is the essential A-Z of some 1,000 years of Western music. It explores in detail the lives and achievements of a huge range of composers, and examines such key topics as music history (from medieval plainchant to contemporary minimalism), performers, theory, and jargon. Written by an award-winning music critic, and blending scholarship with personal insight and opinion, this dictionary is both a pleasurable read and an invaluable and authoritative reference book for all lovers of music, whether amateur or professional.


Paul Griffiths has been writing about music professionally for more than 30 years. He was chief music critic of the Times and the New Yorker, has contributed to many other publications, and is a recipient of the Commonwealth Prize.