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Printed music and writing about music involve the use of complex systems of notation and a wealth of technical terms in several languages. The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Musical Terms provides clear, succinct, definitions of a comprehensive range of the musical terms, in English and other European languages, that are likely to be encountered in Western music, including in jazz and popular musical genres. Over 2,500 A-Z entries range across a spectrum of subjects, among them: rhythm, metre, forms, genres, pitch, scales, chords, harmony and counterpoint, notational systems, composition and analysis, performance practice, tempo, expression, musical periods, artistic movements, computer applications, acoustics, and many more. Entries provide etymologies, and are fully cross-referenced. Some are illustrated with music examples and tables. An appendix lists all composers mentioned in the Dictionary, with their dates. It is an ideal book for students and teachers of music - it covers all the terms required in the SMAB musical theory exams - as well as for professional musicians, those learning to play musical instruments, and members of choirs, and musical groups. It will also be a useful quick reference book for concert-goers, CD-collectors, and radio listeners.
Anyone who listens to or plays classical music often wants to put the pieces they encounter in context - to check information ranging from who wrote the piece, or the date of its first performance, to how it acquired its title, or whether it was commissioned for a specific person or occasion.General dictionaries of music only cover a limited number of musical works, and include very little detail. The new Oxford Dictionary of Musical Works provides short articles on over 1750 musical works from earliest times to the present day, providing a comprehensive but handy reference. Entries encompass a broad spectrum of genres - from opera, ballet, choral and vocal music, orchestral, chamber and instrumental pieces, to nicknamed works, collections, national anthems, hymn tunes, and traditional melodies. Each entry outlines the genre to which the piece belongs; the librettist or author of the text, including any literary source; the number of acts or movements; the scoring - including details of the instrumentalists and vocalists needed to perform the piece; how it came to be commissioned; the place and date of its first performance; any subsequent arrangements or revisions; and any additional important or entertaining information.
This reference for the general reader contains concise explanations of the origins of over 1,800 nicknames from contemporary and historical culture. They refer to historical figures, politicians, athletes, entertainers, places, events, and organizations and include, for example, "The Gipper" (Ronald Reagan), "The Virgin Queen" (Elizabeth I), "Satchmo" (Louis Armstrong), and "The Garden State" (New Jersey). The volume also features listings of the nicknames of British football clubs and army regiments as well as those for US Army infantry divisions. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Philosophy is human thought become self-conscious. Its topics are life, the universe, and everything; it can include all the categories of religious, artistic, scientific, mathematical, and logical thought. This dictionary of philosophy is a record of some of the terms that excite such reflection, and some that have been found helpful in conducting it.
Revised and enlarged from the 2000 first edition, the dictionary cites words, phrases, and names with cultural resonance, to allow readers to understand and sometimes decode phrases they run across or perhaps have heard for years without ever quite understanding the connotation. The emphasis is on the allusion or reference, though origins of the phrase are also often explained. New here are such terms as nine-eleven (9-11, 9/11), axis of evil, and coalition of the willing. The cross-referencing is extensive. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The book is a one-volume handbook in English containing systematic, concise accounts of all those who have been, or claimed to be, popes. It provide summary biographies not only of the officially recognized popes but also of those who have been classified, rightly or wrongly, as anti-popes. The list of pontiffs and, with minor discrepancies, the dating of their reigns are in general agreement with the 1984 edition of Annuario Pontificio.
From writing poems to writing birthday cards, and from the garret to the classroom, the Oxford Dictionary of Rhymes has what every writer (or budding writer) needs. It contains rhymes for 45,000 words, including proper names, place names, and foreign terms used in English. The organization and layout are remarkably clear, making the volume very easy to use, and there is a complete index for added ease of reference. In-text notes offer tips on using rhymes effectively, make suggestions for expanding the rhyming lists included in the book, and give examples of how poets, past and present, have used rhyme. The wide-ranging and accessible introduction offers a brief outline of rhyming in its literary and historical contexts, and gives further advice on creative writing. The design is contemporary and clear, making the Oxford Dictionary of Rhymes simple to navigate. In short, this is a must-have tool for writers of all kinds and a superb reference for English teachers, as well as a delight for everyone who likes to play with words.
This is far more than a dry hagiographical account of the lives of saints. This entertaining and authoritative dictionary breathes life into its subjects and is as browsable as it is informative. Critically acclaimed in its many editions, the dictionary is now reissued into the rebranded best-selling Oxford Paperback Reference series. The entries are concise accounts of the lives, cults, and artistic associations of over 1,400 saints, from the famous to the obscure, the rich to the poor, and the academic to the uneducated. From all walks of life and from all periods of history, the wide varieties of personalities and achievements of the canonized are reflected. Featuring maps of pilgrimage sights in Europe and fully updated appendices, this remains the standard reference paperback in its field. Recently-added saints include the Martyrs of Korea, Vietnam, and the Spanish Civil War, Andrew of Crete, and Emily Rodat, a female hermit of the 7th century. There are also more Scottish and Irish saints, and ancient Welsh saints; more European saints from all centuries, as well as more saints from Eastern Europe; more recently canonized saints and female saints from the USA.
The original words announcing great scientific discoveries, from the first 'Eureka!' to the cloning of Dolly the sheep, can all be found in this fascinating addition to the world-famous Oxford Quotations series. An essential reference tool, put together over fifteen years with the assistance of a distinguished team of specialist advisers, it includes full author descriptions, exact sources, and a word-finding index for easy reference. Scholarly but accessible, it also presents the human face of science, as scientists reflect on achievements and failures in their own lives and those of others. For example, you've probably already hear Darwin's own thoughts on natural selection, but how about his assessment of the pros and cons of marriage? From Archimedes to Einstein and beyond, the Oxford Dictionary of Scientific Quotations charts the progress of the great ideas of science. It is an engaging and surprising read for all lovers of science, history, or wit.
A dictionary of common English slang terms and the estimated date of their appearance in the English language.
Authoritative, accessible, and completely up to date, this new edition of the popular Oxford Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms is an invaluable guide for anyone wanting to build their vocabulary and invigorate their writing skills. Over 140,000 alternative and opposite words are given with the closest, most frequently used synonyms listed first. In addition, thousands of real-life examples of usage from the Oxford English Corpus put the words in the context of sentences, which helps the reader to pinpoint the right word quickly and easily (and avoid embarrassing mistakes). Also included are some useful appendices designed to improve your knowledge of the language: a new Wordfinder section offers a selection of thematic lists--from chemical elements and clothing to phobias and flowers--and a Common Confusables supplement highlights the crucial differences between similar words that are often mixed up. Anyone wanting a practical and accessible language guide that will expand their vocabulary and sharpen their writing skills--including families, word game buffs, and students learning English as a foreign language--will want this dictionary on their reference shelf.
This abridgment of the 1996 third edition of The Oxford Classical Dictionary, the first in which the Middle East, Jews, and women make a significant appearance, is designed to be accessible, portable, and affordable to students, teachers, and general readers. It focuses on Greek Archaic and Classical periods with some attention to the Hellenist period, and on Rome of the later republic starting with the First Punic War and early empire to the death of Marcus Aurelius. Entries have been selected and simplified, bibliographies removed, technical terms explained, Greek transliterated, and new appendices added on money and ancient-to-modern place names.
The Oxford Dictionary of Word Histories describes the origins and sense development of over 11,000 words in the English language. Well-known idioms such as "say it with flowers" are highlighted with the dates of their original use and how and when they came about. Colorful popular beliefs are explored about the origins of words like "posh" and "snob," and insights are given into our social history revealed by language development such as the connection in a Roman soldier's mind of "salary" with salt. Throughout, boxed word-building elements show the various meanings of shared "relationships" between words.
The Oxford Guide to Arthurian Literature and Legend is both a critical history of the Arthurian tradition and a reference guide to Arthurian works, names, and symbols. It offers a comprehensive survey of the legends in all of their manifestations, from their origins in medieval literature to their adaptation in modern literature, arts, film, and popular culture. Not only does it analyse familiar Arthurian characters and themes, it also demonstrates the tremendous continuity of the legends by examining the ways that they have been reinterpreted over the years. For instance, the motif of the abduction of Guinevere can be traced from Chretien de Troyes's Lancelot or the Knight of the Cart and the vulgate cycle of French romances in the 13th century, to Malory's retelling of the story in the Morte d'Arthur, through various modern adaptations like those in T. H. White's The Once and Future King and the contemporary film First Knight. This indispensable reference guide contains seven essays that trace the development of the Arthurian legend, encyclopedic entries, bibliographies, and a comprehensive index. The essays explore the chronicle and romance traditions, the influence of Malory, the Grail legend, the figures of Gawain and Merlin, and the story of Tristan and Isolt. The entries, which highlight key Arthurian characters, symbols, and places, offer quick and easy references. The extensive chapter-by-chapter bibliographies, which are subdivided by topic, augment the general bibliography of Arthurian resources. Comprehensive in its analysis and hypertextual in its approach, The Oxford Guide to Arthurian Literature and Legend is an essential reference book for Arthurian scholars, medievalists, and for those interested in cultural studies of myth and legend.
The Oxford Guide to the United States Government is the ultimate resource for authoritative information on the U.S. Presidency, Congress, and Supreme Court, and other federal government agencies. Written by three top scholars, its pages brim with the key figures, events, and structures that have animated U.S. government for more than 200 years. In addition to coverage of the 2000 Presidential election, this Guide features biographies of all the Presidents, Vice Presidents, and Supreme Court justices, as well as notable members of Congress, including current leadership; historical commentary on past elections, major Presidential decisions, international and domestic programs, and the key advisors and agencies of the executive branch; in-depth analysis of Congressional leadership and committees, agencies and staff, and historic legislation; and detailed discussions of 100 landmark Supreme Court cases and the major issues facing the Court today. In addition to entries that define legal terms and phrases and others that elaborate on the wide array of government traditions, this invaluable book includes extensive back matter, including tables of Presidential election results; lists of Presidents, Vice Presidents, Congresses, and Supreme Court Justices with dates of service; lists of Presidential museums, libraries, and historic sites; relevant web sites; and information on visiting the White House, the Capitol, and the Supreme Court building. A one-stop, comprehensive guide that will assist students, educators, and anyone curious about the inner workings of government, The Oxford Guide to the United States Government will be a valued addition to any home library.
Riddles such as this are just one of the forms of linguistic gymnastics explored in this invaluable source-book. Unique in its thematic and historical approach to the subject, it will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about word games and wordplay, and is entertaining as well as informative. The Oxford Guide to Word Games quickly established itself as the authoritative work on the subject when it was first published in 1984. It not only described all the major word games but also traced their origins and placed them in their social context. Now thoroughly revised, enlarged, and updated to make it even more valuable and comprehensive, this edition includes several new chapters, covering topics such as homonyms and slips of the tongue. New material has also been added on many topics including crossword clues, blends, and kangaroo words. Book jacket.
The Oxford Illustrated History of Ancient Egypt is the only up-to-date, single-volume history of ancient Egypt available in English. The accessible essays and attractive illustrations portray the emergence and development of the distinctive civilization of the ancient Egyptians, from their prehistoric origins to their incorporation into the Roman Empire, covering the period from c. 700,000 BC AD 311. The authors each experts working at the cutting edge of their particular fields outline the principal sequence of political events, including detailed examinations of the three so-called 'intermediate periods' which were previously regarded as 'dark ages' and are only now beginning to be better understood. Against the backdrop of the rise and fall of ruling dynasties, this Oxford Illustrated History also examines cultural and social patterns, including stylistic developments in art and literature. The pace of change in such aspects of Egyptian culture as monumental architecture, funerary beliefs, and ethnicity was not necessarily tied to the rate of political change. Each of the authors of this history has therefore set out to elucidate, in both words and pictures, the underlying patterns of social and political change and to describe the changing face of ancient Egypt, from the biographical details of individuals to the social and economic factors that shaped the lives of the population as awhile.
The story of the Americn Revolution told through biographies focusing on specific individuals.
Pedants, revolt! In this irreverent, smart, obscenely entertaining book, Andrea Barham shatters the myths, misconceptions, fallacies, and falsehoods about all the things you thought you knew (and a few you never considered). Lead pencils can give you lead poisoning.... Newton discovered gravity when an apple fell on his head....One dog year equals seven human years....Marie Antoinette said "Let them eat cake!"...Spelling Christmas "Xmas" is disrespectful....Fact or fiction? The Pedant's Revolt: Know What Know-It-Alls Know sets the record straight on everything from the truth about starving a fever to why you shouldn't "go for the burn." In chapters literary, medical, grammatical, historical, scientific, and biblical, you'll discover the facts behind the fallacies that have somehow become accepted wisdom. From insects to food, grooming to Greeks, bumblebees to whales...from the animal kingdom to assassinations, Harpo Marx to Shakespeare, and questionable quotes such as "It's all Greek to me," this remarkable book reveals the often surprising origins of the legends and folklore we mistake for the gospel truth--and teaches you to think twice before repeating them.From the Hardcover edition.
The lifesaving, money-saving guide that should be within reach of every medicine cabinet. Join the millions of smart, health-conscious consumers who turn to Joe and Teresa Graedon for sound advice on the enter spectrum of medications and health care products on today's drugstore shelves. From antiperspirants to antidepressants, from dandruff shampoos to cold remedies, antacides, pain relievers, laxatives, betacarotene, and the newest prescription drugs for heart disease, the Graedons provide the latest data on safety and effectiveness, and enable readers to make informed choices. Topics covered include: New warnings about side effects and interactions Breakthroughs that could change your life How, when and with what to take your medications New drugs such as Imitrex, Effexor, Aleve, Pepcid AC, Tagament HB, and Zantac 75: what they do and what to watch out for Home remedies for arthritis, dandruff, hiccups, heartburn, bug bites, bad breath, and more Drugs for children and women (including the latest word on Ritalin estrogen treatment, and contraceptives) Ready-reference guide to the 100 most commonly prescribed drugs How to save money--sometimes hundred of dollars a year--by knowing when a generic is as good as a brand-name drug Allergy, asthma, Alzheimer's anxiety, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, headache, heartburn, high cholesterol, and other medical conditions
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Ultimate Guide is the third companion book to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan.
Hundreds of phrases for use in cover letters. Examples of cover letters. Most useful for those applying for business-related jobs.
Culture Smart! provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behavior in different countries, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues. These concise guides tell you what to expect, how to behave, and how to establish a rapport with your hosts. This inside knowledge will enable you to steer clear of embarrassing gaffes and mistakes, feel confident in unfamiliar situations, and develop trust, friendships, and successful business relationships.Culture Smart! offers illuminating insights into the culture and society of a particular country. It will help you to turn your visit-whether on business or for pleasure-into a memorable and enriching experience. Contents include* customs, values, and traditions* historical, religious, and political background* life at home* leisure, social, and cultural life* eating and drinking* do's, don'ts, and taboos* business practices* communication, spoken and unspoken"Culture Smart has come to the rescue of hapless travellers." Sunday Times Travel"... the perfect introduction to the weird, wonderful and downright odd quirks and customs of various countries." Global Travel"...full of fascinating-as well as common-sense-tips to help you avoid embarrassing faux pas." Observer"...as useful as they are entertaining." Easyjet Magazine"...offer glimpses into the psyche of a faraway world." New York TimesFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
Intended for children and teens, this book is a guide to marsupials, insectivores, bats, carnivores, seals, rodents, rabbits, hoofed animals, edentates, sirenians, and whales.
The college guide for high-achieving students Top students will find an enticing collection of prospective colleges in this annually updated guide, including all the relevant details on academics, student body, facilities, campus life, and more. It's perfect for the motivated student seeking a challenging and fulfilling collegiate experience. Easy-to-read profiles of each school, with complete admissions data. Articles on choosing the right college, managing finances, and more. Listings by size, acceptance rate, gender, and religious affiliation.
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