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Musical terms reference guide (dictionary)

Postby Catmando » Tue Apr 18, 2006 2:11 pm

I'm looking for a good musical dictionary or musical reference guide. Or a handy website?

There are alot of terms that I don't know like Rondo, Largo, fortissimo, etc. Although I can guess on some of them, it would be nice to have a guide of some sort. Perhaps a classical music for dummies like me guide would be perfect!

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Re: Musical terms reference guide (dictionary)

Postby Selma in Sandy Eggo » Tue Apr 18, 2006 2:19 pm

For general use, the dictionary and encyclopedia at www.bartleby.com work out OK for me. Bignaf might perhaps recommend some more technical references, but if you don't know any theory to start off with they are sometimes a tad baffling.

Or you can ask OT. He'll tell you all about it. ;)
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Re: Musical terms reference guide (dictionary)

Postby navneeth » Tue Apr 18, 2006 2:24 pm

I was about to post something similar, Ray. Thanks for saving me some typing time! :D For a quick reference I use Wikipedia, but I would prefer something that is considered more accurate.
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Re: Musical terms reference guide (dictionary)

Postby OperaTenor » Tue Apr 18, 2006 3:32 pm

Lay 'em on me! :cool:

However, I'm not the only one. *ignaf, TBP, TM, and others know all about this stuff. Perhaps even better than I do.

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Re: Musical terms reference guide (dictionary)

Postby Shapley » Tue Apr 18, 2006 3:36 pm

Rondo is a girl I went to school with.

Largo is an Island in the Florida Keys. Also a James Bond villain.

Fortissimo is an Italian castle.

If there's anything else I can help with, let me know.
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Re: Musical terms reference guide (dictionary)

Postby Catmando » Tue Apr 18, 2006 5:42 pm

Thanks for that link Selma and for the "go to people" like OT and others.

Navneeth, I feel like I can relate to you the most because you and I are in our "newbie" stages of our classical music journey.

Classical music rocks!

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Re: Musical terms reference guide (dictionary)

Postby Trumpetmaster » Thu Apr 20, 2006 7:14 am

Here are 2 sites that might help.....
:)

You have to subscribe to this one, but it might
be worth it for what you need...

http://www.grovemusic.com/LOGIN?sessionid=f1e0c86e3df54d6fd2cf35dd790117bd&authstatuscode=400
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This one is free...

http://www.dolmetsch.com/musictheorydefs.htm

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Re: Musical terms reference guide (dictionary)

Postby Catmando » Thu Apr 20, 2006 8:24 am

Thanks Trumpetmaster,

I actually came across that "Dolmetsch" site, and it is a REALLY good site. Lots of information.

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Re: Musical terms reference guide (dictionary)

Postby jamiebk » Thu Apr 20, 2006 1:27 pm

TrumpetMaster...excellent, excellent site (the free one). I have been looking for a musical reference dictionary for some time. How did you find it? I have been "Googling" for quite a while, but no luck and I never found the one you cited.
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Re: Musical terms reference guide (dictionary)

Postby Trumpetmaster » Thu Apr 20, 2006 2:14 pm

Jamie,

Glad to be of assistance!


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Re: Musical terms reference guide (dictionary)

Postby OperaTenor » Thu Apr 20, 2006 3:13 pm

Of course, keep in mind that if you go running off to some authoritative source on your own, we can't:

1) Argue about the definition.

2) Publicly ridicule you for your ignorance.

Don't take the fun out of it for us!

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Re: Musical terms reference guide (dictionary)

Postby Trumpetmaster » Thu Apr 20, 2006 8:32 pm

Originally posted by JamieBk:
TrumpetMaster...excellent, excellent site (the free one). I have been looking for a musical reference dictionary for some time. How did you find it? I have been "Googling" for quite a while, but no luck and I never found the one you cited.
Jamie,
Sorry, I missed your question on how I found the site...
All I did was search on Music Dictionary....
and found it... Don't remember if I googled it or used another search engine... I have a bunch of differnet options from work....

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Re: Musical terms reference guide (dictionary)

Postby bignaf » Fri Apr 21, 2006 12:10 pm

Originally posted by rayzor17:

Classical music rocks!
yeah!
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Re: Musical terms reference guide (dictionary)

Postby bignaf » Fri Apr 21, 2006 12:15 pm

I recommend the same ones TM recommended. Grove is the most prestigious and comprehensive. there's a concise version, and a very long-winded version, that might even include something bones doesn't know. though i suspect Bones has a New Grove implant in his brain.
I also recomment Dolmetsch for a free, very usable version. in fact, I have it in my favorites, and that site has other great (some of it quite advanced) stuff.
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Re: Musical terms reference guide (dictionary)

Postby GreatCarouser » Fri Apr 21, 2006 12:47 pm

Originally posted by OperaTenor:
Of course, keep in mind that if you go running off to some authoritative source on your own, we can't:

1) Argue about the definition.

2) Publicly ridicule you for your ignorance.

Don't take the fun out of it for us!

:D
When has any of the above prevented you (or any of the rest of us , for that matter) from giving TM or Bones or the formerly ubiquitous *ig a hard time? When is TM coming to his (ahem)'work related' convention in San Diego?
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Re: Musical terms reference guide (dictionary)

Postby bignaf » Fri Apr 21, 2006 1:04 pm

Originally posted by Great Carouser:
the formerly ubiquitous *ig
i gotta fix that. the "formerly" part, i.e.
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Re: Musical terms reference guide (dictionary)

Postby Trumpetmaster » Fri Apr 21, 2006 2:00 pm

Originally posted by Great Carouser:
Originally posted by OperaTenor:
[b] Of course, keep in mind that if you go running off to some authoritative source on your own, we can't:

1) Argue about the definition.

2) Publicly ridicule you for your ignorance.

Don't take the fun out of it for us!

:D
When has any of the above prevented you (or any of the rest of us , for that matter) from giving TM or Bones or the formerly ubiquitous *ig a hard time? When is TM coming to his (ahem)'work related' convention in San Diego? [/b]
GC,
The convention they approved me to go to is in Miami Beach... Next week...
I will have to figure something else out to get me out to San Diego.... on Company Business.. ;)


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Re: Musical terms reference guide (dictionary)

Postby navneeth » Fri Apr 21, 2006 2:31 pm

Thanks for the link, TM...much appreciated. There are some terms in that Dolmetsch site which are linked to this one... http://w3.rz-berlin.mpg.de/cmp/

Navneeth, I feel like I can relate to you the most because you and I are in our "newbie" stages of our classical music journey.
Glad to give you company!

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