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Essential Dictionary of Music Notation
« on: June 28, 2011, 09:58:04 AM »
I don't recall where I found this book, but it might prove helpful.

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Re: Essential Dictionary of Music Notation
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2011, 03:55:33 AM »
I actually have the book itself. it's TINY.
it's a wonderful "quick reference". but is FAR from complete.
one VERY nice thing about it, and which I hold against so many other engraving books, is that it is alphabetical. it is a breeze finding anything you're looking for. if it's in the book, it's in there ALPHABETICALLY.

This is my biggest criticism of Gardner Read's book: you can never find what you're looking for.

If you feel like spending major money on a fine book about engraving, I recommend Behind Bars, by Elaine Gould. (yeah I know, the title sounds like some tawdry softcore porn set in a women's prison...)

The book is rather pricey.  Amazon (price seems to have gone down since the book came out). When I purchased it it directly from the publisher (Faber Music), it was less expensive than from Amazon. It seems the tables have turned.

It's worth the money, however.
She (Elaine Gould) has the annoying habit of calling a singular staff a "stave" (I know it's ONE of the accepted versions of the word, but still... I'm a staff(sing.)/staves(plu.) kind of guy).
She also, here and there in the book, makes a few "absolutist" comments that don't quite agree with Read and others. And some of her notation for harmonics is, in my opinion, overly fussy.

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Re: Essential Dictionary of Music Notation
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2011, 08:01:51 AM »
Well, it looks like Behind Bars is finally available in the US - it's $77 on Amazon. Previously it was over $100 because it was only available from resellers. No more excuses now, LOL!

Keep in mind that one problem with dictionaries is that many times people simply don't know the proper name of the item (how can you learn theory and not learn the proper names of things??). We see this on the Finale Forums all the time...
"Music is like wine; the less you know about it, the sweeter you like it." - Robertson Davies


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Re: Essential Dictionary of Music Notation
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2012, 06:45:00 AM »
The Yves feger's (my book) vol2 (1st part) is mainly dedicated to classical music notation by studying the staves, brackets, ledger lines, clefs, notes, beams, rests, slurs, dots, accidentals, meters, time signature, repetitions, barlines, ornaments, dynamics, accents, tempo marks ... pretty complete..
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