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ChoralNet: Books on Musical Terminology

Date: Fri, 9 May 1997 11:35:36 -0500 (EST)
From: paul stephen meers
To: choralacademe
Subject: foreign language terminology (fwd)

There has been so much interest in polyglot music dictionaries, I had
better post this to the entire list.
Another message will follow to finish the list.

The responses follow:

try to get TERMINORUM MUSICAE INDEX SEPTEM LINGUIS REDACTUS and forget those
problems (Baerenreiter-Verlag, Kassel, Basel, London, ISBN 3-7618-0553-5,
hardcover). It is a very good polyglot dictionary of musical terms in
german, english, french, italian, spanish, hungarian and russian. Nearly 900
pages. There is also a paperback issue.
Addresses:
Baerenereiter-Verlag, Kassel (Germany). The distribution for USA is
Foreign Music Distributors
Robert Walls
13, Elkay Drive Chester, NY 10918
Tel. (914) 459-5790, Fax (914) 469-5817
eMail: baerenreiter@baerenreiter.com (Germany)
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The best source that I know of, if it is still in print, is _Practical
Vocabulary of Music_, compiled and edited by Roberto Braccini, Belwin-Mills
(ISBN 0-910957-27-4). It gives parallel translations of the standard and many
non-standard musical terms in Italian, English (American and British, if
diffferent), German, French, and Spanish. You will find the standard notation

The best source that I know of, if it is still in print, is _Practical
Vocabulary of Music_, compiled and edited by Roberto Braccini, Belwin-Mills
(ISBN 0-910957-27-4). It gives parallel translations of the standard and many
non-standard musical terms in Italian, English (American and British, if
diffferent), German, French, and Spanish. You will find the standard notation
terms you asked for on pp. 52-53, e.g. whole note=ronde; half-note=blanche,
etc.
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When I studied in Berlin a few years ago, I bought an inexpensive
paperback book which came in quite handy and should solve your problem:

Title: International Vocabulary of Music
Pub: Barnes and Noble Books (A Div. of Harper and Row, Pub.) - New York
ISBN 0-06-463585-6
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I have been doing research on that subject. 50 words in 26 languages, the
most frequent in music, + notes + numbers + expressions please contact
Sylvia Bresson, da@bluewin.ch. I have to send it to you per post, because
of all the accents. More is in preparation: the multilingual musical
dictionary with 21 languages, 1000 words, all musical terminology.
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Try one of these:

Grigg, Carolyn D. Music Translation Dictionary. Greenwood, 1978.

Terminorum musicae [long further title], ed. Horst Leuchtmann. Ba:renreiter,
1978.

They're both in the reference collection of the music library at IU
Bloomington (a long way away, I realize).
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Harvard Dictionary of Music has most of the ones you named.
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The book "The A to Z of Foreign Musical Terms" by Christine Ammer includes
these. ECS Publishing, Boston, ISBN 0-911318-15-1
As an afterthought, I should mention that virtually all of the terms you
need are in the Ammer book, but intermixed alphabetically with other types
of terms. In other words, you have to know the term to look it up, and the
book provides the definition. This may not be exactly what you are looking
for. It is still an excellent resource for the money (about $8 I think) --
I require it in all my upper level theory and conducting classes.
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Try the "Polyglot Dictionary of Musical Terms" Really, that is it.
This is to confirm that the Polyglottes W