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Subject Guides: Music Theory

Subject Headings

Music theory
Composition music
Harmonic analysis
Modulation (Music)
Music acoustics and physics
Music philosophy and aesthetics
Musical analysis
Musical form
Musical meter and rhythm
Schenkerian analysis
Transposition (Music)
Twelve-tone system

Call Numbers

ML96.5 Facsimilies
ML134 Thematic catalogs of individual composers
ML410 Composer biographies
ML432 Biographies of theorists
ML430 - ML455 History of composition
ML457 Performance practice
ML3800 - ML3920 Philosophy and physics of music
MT5.5 - MT7 Music theory: instruction and study
MT50 Harmony textbooks and treatises
MT90 - MT146 Analytical guides
MT93 Guides to single works

Selected SFCM Library resources

The Cambridge history of Western music theory. Edited by Thomas Christensen. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002. REF ML3800 .C165 2002

Diamond, Harold J., 1934- Music analyses: an annotated guide to the literature.New York: Schirmer Books ; Toronto: Collier Macmillan Canada ; New York: Maxwell Macmillan International, c1991. REF ML128.A5 D537 M9

Early twentieth-century music. Edited by Jonathan Dunsby. Oxford ; Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell, 1993. MT90.D926 E12

Madden, Charles (Charles B) Fractals in music: introductory mathematics for musical analysis. 1st ed. Salt Lake City: High Art Press, 1999. MT6.M17 F73 1999

Ottman, Robert W. Advanced harmony : theory and practice. 5th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2000. MT50 .O91 2000

Pinksterboer, Hugo. The rough guide to reading music and basic theory. London: Rough Guides, 2001. MT7.P65 R6 2001

Schachter, Carl. Unfoldings: essays in Schenkerian theory and analysis. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999 MT6.S282 U6 1999


Journal of Music Theory

Music Theory Online

Perspectives of New Music



Web Sites

Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature
CHMTL brings together various activities, publications (both electronic and conventional), and projects centered at the School of Music at Indiana University. In addition to its current activities, CHMTL anticipates expansion with additional full-text databases, a new series of publications, conferences, and occasional fellowships for visiting scholars.

Internet Resources for Music Scholars
Site of the Loeb Music Library of Harvard University which includes links to home pages for scholarly societies, organizations, music databases, MIDI information, and electronic journals.

Society for Music Theory
The principal U.S. organization for music theorists, the SMT site provides links to online resources and databases.