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    These books point to published analyses.

    Analyses of Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Music, 1940-2000
    By D.J. Hoek. Allen Library Reference [REF ML128 A6 H64] Check Status

    Heinrich Schenker: An Annotated Index to His Analyses of Musical Works
    By Larry Laskowski. Allen Library Reference [REF ML128 T39 S] Check Status

    Music Analyses: An Annotated Guide to the Literature
    By Harold J. Diamond. Allen Library Reference [REF ML128 A6 D53] Check Status

    Web Sites

    In Theory Only Analysis Index
    Covers music theory writings published in the U.S. 1955-1970, including books, articles, dissertations, reports, reviews, and other documents. Indexed by author, topic, musical work, and historical theorists discussed. Includes limited full-text searching capability. Predates many of our databases.

    UT (University of Tennessee) Analysis Index
    Provides access to program notes and descriptions or analyses of musical compositions in books owned by the UT Music Library. Look up those books in U of H's library catalog.

    Sections in this category: Bibliographies | Books About Theory | Search Inside Books


    Anthologies of Music: An Annotated Index
    By Sterling E. Murray. Allen Library Reference [REF ML128 A7 M87 1987] Check Status

    Heinrich Schenker: A Guide to Research
    By Benjamin McKay Ayotte. Allen Library Reference [REF ML134 S32 A96] Check Status

    Music Theory from Boethius to Zarlino: A Bibliography and Guide
    By David Russell Williams and C. Matthew Balensuela. Allen Library Reference [REF] ML128 T39 W55 Check Status

    Music Theory from Zarlino to Schenker: A Bibliography and Guide
    By David Damschroder. Allen Library Reference [REF ML128 T39 D36] Check Status

    A Topical Guide to Schenkerian Literature: An Annotated Bibliography with Indices
    By David Carson Berry. Allen Library Reference [REF ML128 T39 S B47] Check Status

    Books About Theory

    Cambridge History of Western Music Theory
    Edited by Thomas Christensen. Allen Library Stacks [ML55 C36 C47] Check Status

    Essays in Musical Analysis, 6 vols.
    By Donald Francis Tovey. Allen Library Stacks [MT90 T736] Check Status

    Fourscore Classics of Music Literature: A Guide to Selected Original Sources on Theory and Other Writings Not Available in English
    By Gustave Reese. Allen Library Stacks [ML160 R32] Check Status

    An Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis
    By Allen Forte. Allen Library Stacks [MT40 F73] Check Status

    Music Analysis in the Nineteenth Century
    By Ian Bent. Allen Library Stacks [MT90 M88 1994] Check Status

    Music and Ideas in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
    By Claude Palisca. Allen Library Stacks [ML174 P16 M87] Check Status

    Musical Form in the Age of Beethoven
    By A.B. Marx. Allen Library Stacks [MT6 M37 M88] Check Status

    Search Inside Books

    Google Books
    Search the full text of millions of books. Very helpful for discovering titles and contents. You can frequently view tables of contents and search for terms inside the books. Sometimes you can see the indexes or preview selected text.

    Below are call number ranges for areas within this topic. Use these call numbers to browse the library shelves when you have a general idea of what you want, but don't have a specific item in mind.

    [REF] ML113
    Music research guides and bibliographies

    [REF] ML128 A6
    Analysis bibliographies

    [REF] ML128 T39
    Theory bibliographies

    [REF] ML134
    Thematic catalogs of and bibliographies about individual composers

    Biographies of composers


    Collected works of individual composers

    Biographies of theorists

    ML430 - ML455
    Composition: includes harmony, form, etc.

    Interpretation and performance practice

    ML3800 - ML3920
    Philosophy and physics of music

    MT5.5 - MT7
    Music theory: instruction and study

    Harmony textbooks and treatises (including some keyboard harmony)

    MT52 - MT62
    Modulation, counterpoint, forms, genres, etc.

    MT90 - MT146
    Analytical guides

    Guides to single works

    Keyboard harmony

    Sight singing (solfege, methods)

    Dissertations and Theses Abstracts + Full Text (Proquest)
    Describes over 2 million dissertations from institutions around the U.S. (and some international), with citations from 1861 to the present. Includes full text for many of the Humanities and Social Sciences dissertations as well as most UH dissertations 1997-present. Many of the other dissertations are available through interlibrary loan .

    Searchable full text of articles from selected scholarly journals in fields including anthropology, ecology, economics, education, history, language and literature, life sciences, mathematics, music, performing arts, philosophy, political sciences, sociology, statistics, and more. No current issues available; generally excludes last two to five years. Historical coverage varies; JSTOR generally includes journals back through their inception (pre-1950 in many cases).

    Music Index Online
    Years Covered: 1973-Present
    Identifies articles in over 700 music journals. Covers classical, jazz, popular, folk, and world music, including musicology, ethnomusicology, theory, applied and professional topics, music education, music industry, and reviews. Allen Library also has printed volumes: 1949-1998, [Ref] ML113 M9. UH access only.

    Music Periodicials Database (formerly International Index to Music Periodicals; IIMP)
    Identifies articles in over 400 music journals, including scholarly, applied, music education, and popular topics. Has full article descriptions 1996-present. Has brief descriptions for some journals back to their inception. Includes full text for many articles. UH access only.

    Oxford Music Online
    Formerly Grove Music Online, comprises the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians 2nd ed., The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz 2nd ed. The Oxford Dictionary of Music, and The Oxford Companion to Music 2nd ed.

    Years Covered: 1967-Present
    RILM (Rpertoire International de Littrature Musicale) describes scholarly writings on music and related disciplines, including dance. Includes citations and abstracts for journal articles, essays, Festschriften, dissertations, books, scholarly reviews, etc. International coverage, including non-English languages. The Allen Library also has printed volumes from 1967-1994.

    Available through FirstSearch, lists the holdings of over 9,000 libraries worldwide. University of Hartford registered library borrowers may place requests through WorldCat for items not held by University Libraries.

    Use these subject headings to search by general topic in our Library catalog. Copy the subject heading into the search box and use the drop down menu to search by "Subject". There are many more possible subjects than what we have listed here, but these should get you started.

    Canons, fugues, etc

    Chromatic alteration

    Composition music

    Computer composition




    Keyboard harmony

    Melodic analysis


    Music acoustics and physics

    Music philosophy and aesthetics

    Music theory

    Music theory history

    Musical analysis

    Musical form

    Musical intervals and scales

    Musical meter and rhythm

    Musical notation

    Musical temperament

    Schenkerian analysis

    Sight singing

    Style musical

    Transposition music

    Twelve tone system

    NOTE: Also try specific musical forms (e.g., sonata*) and limit search results to books.

    Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature
    This site combines electronic access to several databases: Thesaurus Musicarum Latinarum, Texts on Music in English, Saggi musicali italiani, Traités Français sur la Musique, and Musical Borrowing and Reworking.

    Music Theory and History Online (at Dolmetsch)
    Music theory definitions and lessons. Includes a site index.

    Music Theory Online Dissertation Index
    Links to abstracts of recent dissertations in music theory.

    Music Theory Treatises Available Online
    This guide lists important music theory treatises available online through Google Books and Yale Digital Collections.

    Musical Borrowing: An Annotated Bibliography
    This site for the Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature includes over 1,200 published materials and theses relating to the uses of existing music in the tradition of Western music.

    Online Resources for Music Scholars
    Maintained by the Loeb Music Library, Harvard University, includes links to general as well as music reference sources.

    Online Theory and Skills Exercises
    Lists sites containing exercises for practicing theory and skills. Maintained by Auburn University.

    Society for Music Theory
    The primary American organization for music theorists, SMT provides links to online resources and databases.