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The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. 2nd ed. Edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell. London: Macmillan, 2001. 29 vols.
Easily the most thorough resource for music study in English. Articles on theoretical concepts--such as mode, rhythm, serialism, counterpoint--and on important theorists--such as Rameau, Fux, Riemann, Schenker--stand as models of balance, insightfulness, and clarity. Required reading for every musician.
REF ML100 .N48 2001
 
The New Harvard Dictionary of Music. 4th ed. Edited by Don Michael Randel. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2003.
Concise and clear, the best first stop for Western music terminology. Does not wholly supersede the previous Harvard, ed. by Willi Apel, which may also be consulted on REF.
REF ML100 .H388 2003

 

The Oxford Dictionary of Music. 6th ed. Edited by Michael Kennedy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

With over 10,000 entries, this authoritative dictionary provides information on a vast range of subjects, including musical terminology, composers, and canonical works of all genres.

REF ML100 .K46 2012

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