The Harvard Dictionary of Music (First Edition) became an instant hit for its coverage and reliability on the state of music when it was first published in 1944. Today, it is an invaluable reference work, establishing a standard and essential resource for everyone concerned with music.
The First Edition includes entries on all the styles and forms of Western music, as well as comprehensive articles on the music of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Near East. There are also descriptions of instruments and their history; and articles of the music at the time.
The fourth edition of this dictionary was published in 2003.