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Pronunciation Guides Subject Guide


Foreign language dictionaries are found in REF PA to REF PF.

Everyman's English Pronouncing Dictionary
By Daniel Jones. Allen Library Reference [REF PE100 J64 D5]

Music Lovers' Encyclopedia
By Rupert Hughes. Allen Library Reference [REF] ML100 H894 M8]
Includes a pronouncing and defining dictionary of terms, instruments, etc., and a pronouncing biographical dictionary.

Schirmer Pronouncing Pocket Manual of Musical Terms
By Theodore Baker. Allen Library Reference [REF ML109 S35]


Ever-Controversial WWUH Jazz Pronunciation Guide
Brief list of frequently mispronounced names (and some titles and places). Text only. From WWUH at the University of Hartford.

Forvo: The Pronunciation Guide
Includes audio examples of pronunciations for composers, artists, musical titles, musical terms, and more.

Merriam-Webster Online
Includes pronunciations (text and audio examples) for major terms and composers. Pronunciations are those typically used in the U.S. by musicians and music educators. Easy to use.

Naxos Music Library Pronunciation Guide
Includes audio clips of pronunciations of composers, artists, and musical terms.

OnMusic Dictionary
Dictionary of musical terms that includes pronunciations (with text and audio examples), cross references to terms in other languages, musical examples, quizzes, and simulations.

Opera Terms: A Pronunciation Guide
Includes audio examples of pronunciations, plus brief definitions.

Operas and Composers: A Pronunciation Guide
Includes audio examples of pronunciations, plus brief definitions.

Pronouncing Dictionary of Music and Musicians
Extensive pronouncing dictionary with 30,000 entries. Text only. From Iowa Public Radio.

Say How? A Pronunciation Guide to Names of Public Figures
Includes pronunciations for performers, conductors, playwrights, and other artistic public figures. Text only. Compiled by the Library of Congress's Talking Books for the Blind Recording Studio. LC uses the individual's preferred pronunciation over the public's use (e.g., Louis Armstrong preferred a hard "i-s" rather than the public's use of "Louie").

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