New edition of music dictionary first published in 1909

Posted on: July 31, 2009

The New Elson’s Pocket Music Dictionary has been released by the music publisher Theodore Presser. The three-by-five-inch, 202-page book is a revised edition of the pocket dictionary first published in 1909 by Louis Elson, a professor of music at New England Conservatory. In addition to the main dictionary entries, the revised book includes basic elements of music notation, tempo markings from slowest to fastest, a pronunciation guide, and a list of composers from Franz Abt to Samuel Zyman. The new edition was edited by composer and educator Matthew Herman, who added sections on technologies and theories of 20th- and 21st-century music, along with an augmented composer list and the inclusion of jazz and contemporary-music definitions.

Posted July 31, 2009