Musical terms dictionary

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Hessle47, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. Hessle47

    Hessle47 New Member

    Can anyone recommend a dictionary of musical terms relevant to brass band playing?
    Sometimes I come across a term that I do not understand, and although I can look it up on-line its not always convenient.
    A not too big book that I can carry around would be ideal.

    Thanks for any suggestions.
  2. Hessle47

    Hessle47 New Member

    Sorry for the double post, tried to correct the spelling on the first, only to create another one!
  3. Backrowdiva

    Backrowdiva Member

    I've had my little red Dictionary of Musical Terms forever. I think it's Oxford University Press. For Something a bit more indepth try the Associated Boards AB Guide to Music Theory (Not huge but in 2 parts)
  4. euphojim

    euphojim Member

    The New Penguin Dictionary of Music by Arthur Jacobs has been on my bookshelf for about 20 years and still serves me well. It is available via Amazon at a price of around £14.
  5. Will the Sec

    Will the Sec Active Member

  6. iffytboner

    iffytboner Member

  7. Bryan_sop

    Bryan_sop Active Member

    Any Oxford/Cambridge/other music dictionary should do the job. I've had my Oxford music dictionary since I was about 10 and it seems to do the trick
  8. prince_turhan

    prince_turhan New Member

  9. cockaigne

    cockaigne Member

    Why should brass bands need a different musical dictionary to any other? ;)
  10. Will the Sec

    Will the Sec Active Member

    I refer you to post 5, Jack!
  11. trumpetmike

    trumpetmike Well-Known Member

    Most Italian terms can be easily translated:
    Andante - watch the conductor
    Presto - watch the conductor
    Allegro - watch the conductor
    Allegro Vivace - watch the conductor
    Largo - watch the conductor
    Accel. - watch the conductor
    Rall. - watch the conductor
    Rubato - watch the conductor carefully (and never expect the same thing twice)
  12. Will the Sec

    Will the Sec Active Member

    Brilliant, Mike. Any brass band specifics to add ti its dictionary?
  13. Cornet Nev.

    Cornet Nev. Member

    You can add many other instructions to that list, as a perfect for instance, when for one bar the time sig changes from 4/4 to 5/4, some conductors try to squeeze the five beats into the same time space as the 4/4 bars, or at least it can sometimes appear so.
  14. trumpetmike

    trumpetmike Well-Known Member

    Ah - that would require an addition

    5/4 - "Don't watch the conductor, it will just confuse you"
    7/8 - "Don't watch the conductor unless you like windmills"
    11/8 - "Put down the Bourgeois"
  15. George BB

    George BB Member

    There is a little red book called the rudiments and theory of music, which has it all in. I started 40 years ago just learning to play notes, progressed to playing tunes and then bought that book to try and play music. Still have the book but some say the music is still to come.
    Keep taking the pills,
  16. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

  17. Archer

    Archer Member

    Love this!
  18. Aussie Tuba

    Aussie Tuba Member

    Like Button.
  19. SteveT

    SteveT Member

    The little red book IS the bible, however, the Berklee School Of Music does an excellent on-line series.
  20. cmf290

    cmf290 New Member

    Obliterato - anything played by a trombone?

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