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Music in the 20th century
Huang, Hao.
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Armonk, NY : M.E. Sharp, [1999]

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3 volumes (800 pages) : illustrations ; 26 cm
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Booklist Review

In this broad approach to music of the twentieth century, classical and popular genres stand side by side. Among the 500 headings included are those for performers (The Beatles, Billie Holiday, Whitney Houston, Machito, Lauritz Melchior); composers (George Gershwin, Darius Milhaud, Thelonious Monk, Carl Orff); types of music (Colombian cumbia, electronic music, gypsy music, hard bop, highlife, opera, zouk); places (Cuba, the Middle East, South East Asia); and other aspects (film music, impressionism in music, indie bands, recording studios, rock festivals). Most of the signed, alphabetically arranged entries range in length from one to two pages. Contributors, whose credentials are noted in the last volume, are academics and music journalists. Entries are clearly written and are appropriate for high-school level and up. Page layout is attractive, with sharp, well-chosen black-and-white photos accompanying many articles and a sidebar with reading and listening suggestions. In the last volume, a biographical digest of more than 1,000 names provides brief information on important persons and groups that did not get a full article, such as Garth Brooks, Kronos Quartet, John Lennon, and Marian McPartland. A glossary, bibliography, and index conclude the set. Although not an essential purchase for larger libraries that may have the in-depth coverage of pricier, more specialized titles on classical, popular, and world music (e.g., The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians [Grove, 1995], The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz [Grove, 1996], The Encyclopedia of Popular Music [RBB Ap1 99], and volumes in the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music series), smaller libraries may find this set a useful and more affordable addition to the reference collection.

Library Journal Review

These two titles cover the same material in a similar format but on a different scale. The Cassell Companion to 20th-Century Music, an updated revision of Pickering's Brewer's Twentieth-Century Music (Cassell, 1995) is a one-volume ready-reference work comprising brief entries. Music in the 20th Century, on the other hand, is a more encyclopedic three-volume set, with articles ranging from one to eight pages. Most of these articles also feature brief bibliographies and discographies. Both works follow a broad definition of 20th-century music, with coverage encompassing classical, rock, pop, blues, jazz, and country. Neither is especially strong on ethnic or world music, but Music in the 20th Century does contain articles such as "Cuba," "South African Jazz," and "Zouk." While there is little in either of these two sources that could not be found in either the Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (LJ 12/95) or the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (LJ 12/15/80), the Cassell book could be especially useful in answering the odd reference question, with entries such as "Fifth Beatle" and "donkey music" and cross references from The Boss, Slow Hand, or King of Swing. Music in the 20th Century does contain some information that updates the New Grove but seems aimed more at the general reader or undergraduate nonmusic major. It would be a good choice for libraries that cannot afford the two larger sets.ÄMichael Colby, Univ. of California, Davis (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-This eclectic encyclopedia covers a variety of artists and styles from classical music to grunge. When browsing the volumes, the connections and influences among so many disparate types of music are striking. See-also references help readers to make many other connections. World music is particularly well covered. Nonmusicians who influenced the field, such as disc jockey Alan Freed, are also included. An extensive bibliography gives sources for much more detailed information on specific artists. While there is much to admire here, the comprehensive approach means that some topics are given short shrift. However, an extensive "Biographical Digest" lists numerous individuals who did not receive main entries (including major artists such as Paul Simon, James Taylor, and Billy Joel). The articles are written by several contributors and vary in quality. It is hard to understand the focus of some of the entries, such as the one on children's songs that mentions primarily Disney film music, but not Raffi. Some of the entries on music styles are puzzling. There is an article on "Rock Music" as well as "Rock'n'Roll," and one on "Pop Music" as well as "Popular Music." Although the terms are defined in these entries, it still seems like hairsplitting. The "Suggested Listening" lists at the end of each article are not comprehensive and do not include record labels or other identifying information. The black-and-white photographs are minimal. Purchase only where there is strong demand for reference materials on music.-Tim Wadham, Dallas Public Library, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

A "guide to the most important musical developments of the past 100 years," this work includes classical, ethnic, and popular music and articles on musicians, genres, and movements in two principal sections: some 500 "main entries" consisting chiefly of one-page signed articles, and more than 1,000 one-paragraph unsigned "biographical digests." The main entries contain textbook-style "further readings" and "suggested listening" but no complete lists of works (for composers) or pertinent bibliographies; there is only a general composite bibliography for the entire work. The articles, written for nonspecialists, vary in quality; some are quite good while others are opinionated and lack depth. It is unclear what criteria were used for inclusion; some people (e.g., Joseph Joachim, d. 1907) are included even though their most productive work was in the 19th century. Facts (e.g., birth and death dates) are not set apart from the text, making it difficult to use the book as a ready reference work. The price is very high for three thin volumes. General readers. J. Tsou University of California, Berkeley

Table of Contents

A-Z entries cover: Major Musical Styles
Concert music
Popular Music
Rock Music
Folk music
Film music
Musicals World Music: Latin and Gypsy music
Music from South Asia, Africa, South East Asia, the Middle East, and the Caribbean Individuals
Performing artists and groups
Composers Related Musical Topics: Including festivals and events
Music production
Musical terms and definitions
Volume 1 Abba Claudio Abbado Nathan Abshire Roy Acuff
Cannonball Adderley Africa aleatory MusicHerb alpert
Amplification Andean MusicMarian Anderson
The Andrews SistersErnest Ansermet Harold and Arlen Louis Armstrong
ArrangersClaudio Arrau and Joe Arroyo and Vladimir Ashkenazy and Chet Atkins
Authentic PerformanceCharles Aznavour Burt and Bacharach Joan Baez and Chet Baker Ballet
Modern Dance MusicSamuel Barber and Daniel Barenboim and Lionel Bart Bela and Bartok Count and Basie Mario Bauza
The Beach Boys
The Beatles Bebop SirThomas Beecham and Bix Beiderbecke
The Bellamy BrothersTony Bennett and Alban Berg and Irving Berlin and Elmer Bernstein and Leonard Bernstein and Chuck Berry Beat and Bhangra Big and Band Jazz and Ruben Blades and Art Blakey and Blues Bock and Harnick Karl and Bohm Boogie-woogie and Nadia Boulanger and Pierra Boulez and David Bowie Brazil and Jacques Brel and Alfred Brendel
British Beat MusicBritpop Benjamin and Britten Big and Bill Broonzy and Clifford Brown and James Brown and Dave Brubeck Gray
Burton Cabaret MusicJohn Cage Cajun and Maria Callas and Eddie Cantor
The Caribbean Hoagy Carmichael
The Carter FamilyBenny Carter and Elliott Carter and Enrico Caruso and Pablo Casals and Johnny Cash and Fyodor Chaliapin
Chamber MusicRay Charles
The Charts Clifton Chenier Maurice Chevalier Children's SongsCharlie Christian and James Cleveland and Patsy Cline and George M. Cohan and Nat King and Cole Cy Coleman and Ornette Coleman Colombian and Cumbia willie and Colon John Coltrane and Ry Cooder Sam and Cooke Cool and Jazz Aaron and Copland Chick
Corea CountryNoel Coward and Henry Cowell and Robert Cray Cream and Bing Crosby and Celia Cruz and Cuba Oscar D'Leon and Paquito D'Rivera Walter
Damrosch Dance Music
The Darmstadt SchoolMiles Davis and Doris Day Claude and Debussy Frederick Delius and Manu Dibango Bo and Diddley Dire and Straits Disco Willie and Dixon Eric and Dolphy Placido and Domingo Fats and Domino Doo-wop and Thomas A. Dorsey and Tommy Dorsey Paul and Dukas Bob Dylan
The Eagles Roy Eldrige Electronic Music SirEdward Elgar and Duke Ellington and Gloria Estefan and European Jazz Eurythmics Bill Evans
The Everly Brothers Expressionism in MusicManuel de Falla and Gabriel Faure
Festivals and EventsArthur Fiedler
Film Music Film MusicalsDietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Ella Fitzgerald and Kirsten Flagstad Flamenco
Folk Music Folk Rock
The Four SeasonsAretha Franklin Free and Jazz Alan Freed and Rudolf Friml Funk and Wilhelm Furtwangler and James Galway and Gamelan Judy and Garland Errol Garner and Marvin Gaye and Crystal Gayle Genesis
Volume 2 George Gershwin Stan Getz Beniamino GigliDizzy Gillespie and Philip Glass and Tito Gobbi and Jerry Goldsmith and Celina Gonzales and Benny Goodman Dexter and Gordon Gospel and Glenn Gould Percy and Grainger Enrique and Granados Norman Granz and Grunge Sofia and Gubaidulina Woody and Guthrie Buddy Guy
Gypsy MusicMerle Haggard Bill and Haley Marvin and Hamlisch Oscar Hammerstein Herbie and Hancock Hard Bop and Emmylou Harris Roy and Harris Lou and Harrison Coleman and Hawkins Dick Haymes
Heavy MetalJascha Heifetz and Fletcher Henderson and Joe Henderson Himi Hendrix and Hans Werner and Henze Victor and Herbert Jerry Herman and Bernard Herrmann
Highlife Hillbilly MusicPaul Hindemith and Johnny Hodges and Billie Holiday and Buddy Holly Gustav and Holst John and Lee Hooker and Sam Lightnin' and Hopkins Lena Horne and Vladimir Horowitz Son House Whitney Houston Freddie Hubbard
Impressionism in Music Indian Film Music Indie Bands
The Ink Spots IrakereCharles and Ives Mahalia and Jackson Michael and Jackson Harry James and Leos Janacek and Maurice Jarre Keith and Jarrett Jazz and Jazz Rock Blind and Lemon Jefferson and Waylon Jennings and Antonia Carlos and Jobim Elton John and Lonnie Johnson and Robert Johnson and Al Jolson and Elvin Jones and Quincy Jones and Tom Jones and Scott Joplin Jungle and Gus Kahn Kander and Ebb Herbert von Karajan Stan and Kenton Jerome and Kern Aram Khachaturian and Angelique Kidjo and Albert King and B.B. King and Carole King and Freddie King
The Kinks Otto Klemperer ZoltanKodaly Lee Konitz and Sergey Koussevitzky and Fritz Kreisler and Kris Kristofferson and Fela Kuti Frankie and Laine Mario Lanza
Late Romanticism Latin America Latin Jazz LeadbellyLed Zeppelin Peggy and Lee Michel Legrand and Leiber & Stoller and James Levine Jerry and Lee Lewis and Gyorgy Ligeti and Little Richard and Little Walter and Andrew Lloyd and Webber Frank and Loesser Frederick and Loewe Alan Lomax and Guy Lombardo and Victoria De Los and Angeles Los Van and Van Witold Lutoslawski and Loretta Lynn and Lorin Maazel Mchito and Madonna Gustav Kahler and Henry Mancini and Barry Manilow and Bob Marley and Wynton Marsalis and Bohuslav Martinu and John McCormack and John McLaughlin and Zubin Mehta|cDame Nellie and Melba Lauritz Melchior and Memphis Minnie and Memphis Slim Gian and Carlo Menotti and Yehudi Menuhim and Johnny Mercer and Olivier Messiaen and Mexico George Michael and Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
The Middle East Mighty Clouds ofJoy Darius Milhaud and Glenn Miller and Charles Mingus and Minimalism Guy Mitchell and Joni Mitchell Modal and Jazz Modern and Jazz Quarter and Thelonius Monk Bill and Monroe Pierre and Monteux Beny and More Lee Morgan and Ennio Morricone Van Morrison Jelly Roll Morton Motown Gerry Mulligan Musicals Nashville Sound/New Country Willie Nelson New Orleans Jazz/Dixieland New Wave Alfred Newman Carl Nielsen Nirvana Luigi Nono Jessye Norman Oasis Opera Operetta Orchestral Music Carl Orff patti Page Charlie Parker Dolly Parton Charley Patton Luciano Pavarotti Krzstof Penderecki Philadelphia Sound Edith Piaf Pink Floyd Maurizio Pollini Pop Music Popular Music Cole Porter
Volume 3 Francis Poulenc Bud Powell Chano Pozo Perez Prado Elvis Presley Andre Previn Leontyne Price Charley Pride Prince Producers Progressive Rock Sergey Prokofiev Giacomo Puccini Tito Puente Punk Rock Queen Serget Rachmaninov Radio Ragga Ma Rainey Rap Maurice Ravel Record Companies Record Production Recording Studios Otis Redding Jimmy Reed Jim Reeves REggaeSteve Reich Django and Reinhardt R.E.M.
Ottorino Respighi Max Roach Paul Robeson Rock Festivals Rock Music Rock'n RollJimmy Rodgers and Richard Rodgers and Joaquin Rodrigo and Kenny Rogers
The Rolling StonesSonny Rollins and Diana Ross Mstislav Rostropovich and Albert Roussel and Arthur Rubinstein and Salsa Arturo Sandoval and Santana Erik Satie and Artur Schnabel and Alfred Schnittke Arnold Schoenberg Arthur Schwartz Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Alexander and Scriabin Earl Scruggs and Andres Segovia Serialism
The Sex PistolsRavi Shanker and Wayne Shorter
Dimitry Shostakovich Jean Sibelius Horace SilverNina Simone and Frank Sinatra Singer-Songwriters and Les Six Bessie Smith and Sir George Solti and Stephen Sondheim and Mercedes Sosa Soul and John Philip Sousa
South African Jazz South Asia South East Asia Otis Spann Phil Spector Bruce Springsteen Max Steiner Isaac Stern Sting Karlheinz Stockhausen Leopold StokowskiRichard Strauss and Igor Stravinsky and Barbra Streisand and Charles Strouse and Jule Styne
Surf Music Dame Joan Sutherland SwingKarol Szymanowski
Take 6 Toru Takemitzu Tampa Red Tango Art Tatum Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee Sister Rosetta Tharpe Virgil Thomson Tin Pan Alley Sir Michael Tippett Mel Torme Arturo Toscanini Merle Travis Ernest Tubb Richard Tucker Sophie Tucker Tina Turner McCoy Tyner U2 Rudy Vallee Edgard Varese Sarah Vaughan Ralph VaughanWilliams Caetano Veloso
The Velvet Underground Venezuela Heitor Villa-Lobos Vocal and Choral Music T-Bone Walker Fats Waller Bruno Walter Sir William Walton Dinah Washington Muddy Waters Franz Waxman
The WeaversAnton Webern Ben and Webster Kurt and Weill Paul Whiteman
The Who Hank WilliamsJohn Williams(composer) and John Williams (guitarist) and Tony Williams Sonny Boy and Williamson Bob Wills and Stevie Wonder Tommy and Wynette Iannis and Xenakis Yes and Lester Young Frank and Zappa Zouk