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Unformatted text preview: lllll lllllllllllllllllllllllll reference AMMER, CHRISTINE. The Facts On File
Dictionary of Music. Facts On File. 2004.
495p. Illus. blhliog. iodox. ISBN 0-8160-
5266-2. $50. REF Professional lexicographer Ammer (The A
to Z (ff-Foreign Musicallénru) has added a sig—
niﬁcant volume to the list of concise hard—
cover dictionaries of music and musicians
that have appeared in the past ﬁve years.
Featuring entries for 3000 musical terms
and topics (e.g.. a capella: masque; 20th—
century music), 250 illustrations. and a
friendly' easy—touread style. the book com—
pares favorably with The Howard Concise
Dictionary of Music and Mnsr'n‘or-rs (1999) as
well as The Hutchinson Concise Dictionary of
Music (1999). It includes such nice touches
as lists of famous ballets. waltzes. sym— “I'm DicrioNARY Mr M UN Hm . t -' "' - ’ '
Tl 6,.COLUIJlBId Gl‘anGEF’S'WOI‘LD 0F POETI'Y no»! auntn'l comm | Mama I III-unoan |‘ oiomn | nu t unanimous-n.
uni-.2 IIquth l... I'H‘JEH lumu Ila-m- ml -Iw- lll"'l)1'|ﬂl'| m cow-[J nun-M s'mm- on lollll p counuun-III-n- Inn ./ a“ beast. Some of the very qualities that make
it dynamic and appealing also make it a
challenge, even to native speakers. This
charming volume does an admirable job of
addressing these challenges and giving
readers helpful guidance on style and use.
Covering over 3000 points of word mean—
ing. spelling, punctuation. graunnar. and
style. the alphabetically arranged entries
often include references to resources where
the information was found. Australian—
horn Peters (linguistics,Macquarie Urdu),
who has authored several books ori Eng-
lish usage, including The Cambridge- Ans-
tmlion English Style Guide, has taken pains
to make sure that readers can ﬁnd what
they seek—references to alternate spellings
and cross references to related topics sim— u..:"..'.2'.".’.'.ll l Unwr- Flo-JIM fie-(«un- uaubt i I] ' ('9‘ Referencing the arts. on page or on screen. from music to poetry phonics. etc. phonetic pronunciations for
composers and foreign terms (not found in
the Harvard dictionary). and an index of
composers for whom biographical sketches
are suppliedThere are a few caveats, how—
ever. The book costs $15 more than the
Harvard dictionary and contains fewer bi—
ographical sketches. It also lacks the kind of
technical detail found in the Harvard dic—
rionary. One example is the lack of ﬁgured
bass inversion numbers in some ofthe mu-
sical examples that clearly use inverted
chords. Bottom Line While less than ideal for
serious academic collections. this strong
reference would make a wonderful. addition
to all school libraries. It would also make an
ideal for the aspiring musician—James
E. Parana. Mount Union (loll.l Alliance. OH The Cambridge Guide to English Usage.
2004. c.609p. d. by Pam Peters. bibliog.
ISBN 0-521-62181-1. $35. no The English language can be an enigmatic 96 I LIBRARY JOURNAL l]UNE15.200-$ ply aboundThe text includes appendixes
with helpful content. such as the phonetic
symbols and prooﬁ-eading marks. Oddly.it
also includes appendixes such as a perpet-
ual calendar and geological eras. which do
not seem to be exactly on topic. Bottom
Line That the author is Australian makes
this text refreshing. as so many books on
English-language usage are written with an
American or British sensibility. The book
will be well received by academics and stu~
dents. as well as those who love the lan—
guage and have fun with its idiosyncrasies.
For all libraries.—Manya Chylinslti. Boston Essential Atlas of Botany. Barron's
Educational. 2004. 9613. tr. from Spanish by
Eric A. Bye. illus. index. ISBN 0-1841-
2109-8. pap. $10.95. no This translation of a Spanish atlas is a
crammer for high schoolers—a book with
countless full—color illustrations on every
page (including diagrams and charts), lit- tle text (fewer then 50 entries}. and some
botanical factoids sprinkled throughout. It
includes a table of contents in the usual
place and one that runs along right—page
margins, provided. one guesses. to help
bring the student's wandering attention
back to the task at hand. It is a guide, in
short, for those who would rather be do—
ing something other than studying botany.
Not surprisingly, in a quick study like this,
there are omissions—like a glossary or a
more detailed subject index; coverage of
the subject itself is adequate. More trou—
bling are the many sloppy errors: under .1
picture of hunnningbirds. for example. a
caption explains how fruit-eating birds aid
in seed dispersal; under a picture of an iris
we read ofthe more than 20.000 types of
orchids in the world; elsewhere. we read
that the yucca is a plant“that reaches 50 to
60 feet in height" and that arboriculture is
the “cultivation of fruit trees." These mis—
takes that an otherwise useful book. Bot-
tom Line Although this heavily illustrated
reference is intended for classrooms and
school libraries. young readers would be
better served by the Win-id Boole or DK’s
Plant and more advanced students by
Kingley Stern's Introductory Plant Biology.—
Robert Eagan. Windsor P.l... on. Hudson. MAURICE. The Pianlst‘s Dictionary. Indiana 0an. Jul. 2004. c.1609.
bibliog. ISBN 0-253-34405-0. $39.95: pap.
ISBN 0-253-21682-6. $19.95. err in this music dictionary, piano teacher
Hinson (emeritus. Southern BaptistTheo—
logical Seminary; Guide to the Pimn‘srs
Repertoire) relies on his 60 years of experi—
ence to provide practical information . about the piano. Arranged alphabetically. the nearly 2000 entries provide deﬁnitions
of musical terms. thumbnail sketches of
important composers and compositions.
piano manufacturers, and even names of
some teachers. Accompanied by illustra-
tions and brief musical examples. the en-
tries cover the subject from around 1700 to
the present day. Although the discussions
ofcomposers and their works seem highly
opinionated, much ofthe writing is simple.
if not simpleminded, and contrary to the
aim of both the author and the publisher
will not be helpful to university—level pi—
anists. Although the book covers a wide
range of subject matter, which makes it
nearly comprehensive in scope. the deﬁni- | see u ARCHIVES, news. mo nuns or www.msaaormuauatcon Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elseyier, Inc. All Rights Resenred.
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