Theory

This guide is designed to help you find information about theory and theory-related topics. It will give you an
overview of periodicals and books with theory as their main focus. You might find this helpful in browsing the
stacks or for finding a specific journal or book. Please consult Voyager for complete holdings information and ask
the reference assistant for help if needed.

Suggested Call Numbers for Shelf Browsing:
Below are general call number ranges. For specific call numbers, consult the Library of Congress Classification in
the blue book at the Reference Desk, and/or Voyager.

ML (Literature on Music) MT (Musical Instruction and Study)
ML95.2 Eastman Theses (including theory topics) MT6 General Theory (analysis, appreciation), some textbooks
ML95.3 Eastman Dissertations (including theory topics) MT7 Rudiments, Fundamentals
ML430 History of Theory, Notation MT42 Rhythm
ML437 Rhythm MT47 Melody
ML440 Melody MT49 Figured Bass
ML442 Figured Bass/Thoroughbass MT50 Harmony (textbooks)
ML444 Harmony MT224 Keyboard Harmony
ML446 Counterpoint (Polyphony) MT52 Modulation
ML448 Forms (fugue, passacaglia, etc.) MT55 Counterpoint, polyphony
ML455 History of Instrumentation and Orchestration MT58-59-62 Form, anthologies
ML3805 Acoustics MT90 Analytical guides, etc. (including the Tovey series)
ML3809 Tunings and temperament MT870 Sight-singing (solfege, methods)
ML3811 Tonality, atonality, polytonality, etc.
ML3812 Modes, scales
ML3830 Psychology of Music
ML3845 Aesthetics

Suggested Subject Headings:
Below are some useful subject headings for use in Voyager. For a complete list of headings, consult the Library of
Congress Subject Headings in the red books.

Music Theory
Harmony
Music Theory 13th Century (we have 13th through 20th centuries)
Counterpoint
Sight-Singing
Musical Analysis
Musical Form
Keyboard Harmony
Music Theory History
Music Theory Terminology

Selected Bibliography of Reference Books Concerning Theory:

Damschroder, David. Music Theory from Zarlino to Schenker: a bibliography and guide. New York: Pendragon Press, 1990
Ref. ML128.T39 D166 M9 1990
Diamond, Harold. Music Analyses: An Annotated Guide To The Literature. New York: Schirmer Books, 1991. Ref.
ML128.A7 D537 1991
Johnson, Jeffrey. Thesaurus of Abstract Musical Properties: A Theoretical and Compositional Resource. Westport, CT:
Greenwood Press, 1995. Ref. ML108 .J67 T41 1995

Jones, George Anthony. Glossary of Terms; A Companion to Perspectives of New Music and Journal of Music Theory.
Rochester, New York: 1969. Ref. ML108.J77G

Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, Sachteil, neubearbeitete ausgabe, articles on “Analyse,” “Harmonielehre,” etc. Ref.
ML100 .B658 1994
Perone, James E. Musical Anthologies for analytical study: a bibliography. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1995. Ref.
ML128.A7 P453 1995
Rolf, Marie, ed. The State of Research in Music Theory: A Collection of Selective Bibliographies. Rochester, NY: Society for
Music Theory, 1987. Ref. ML128.T39 S797 1987
New Grove Dictionary of Music, articles on “Theory,” “Analysis,” “Counterpoint,” etc. Ref. ML102.I5 N532 1984
New Harvard Dictionary of Music, articles on “Theory” and “History of Theory” by Matthew Brown. Ref. ML100 .N531 1986
Stetzer, Charles W., Jr. A Set Theory Bibliography: A Select and Annotated Listing o Current Music Articles. Rochester, NY:
1972. Ref. ML128 .T39S84
The Theory of Music : Descriptive Catalogue of Manuscripts, v.1-5. München : G. Henle, c1961-1997. Ref. ML113 .I61B v.3
Thesaurus musicarum Latinarum : canon of data files : including introduction to the TML, principles of orthography and table
of codes for noteshapes, table of contents of major series and their location in the TML, and index of incipits. Lincoln, NE:
University of Nebraska Press, 1999. Ref. ML128.M3 T41 1999
Wenk, Arthur. Analyses of Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Music, 1940-1985. Boston: Music Library Association, 1987.
Ref. ML128. A7 W47 1987

Selected Current Theory and Theory-Related Periodicals at Sibley
Analyse Musicale (1985-)
Ex tempore (1981-)
In Theory Only (1975/76-)
Indiana Theory Review (1977/78-)
Intégral (1987-)
Interface/Journal of New Music Research (1972-)
Journal of Music Theory (1957-)
Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy (1987-)
Musicæ Scientiæ (1997-)
Music Theory Spectrum (1979-)
Musiktheorie (1986-)
Music Analysis (1982-)
Music Perception (1983/84-)
Perspectives of New Music (1962-)
SONUS (1980/81-)
Theoria (1985-)
Theory and Practice (1975-)
Music Theory Online
Zeitschrift für musiktheorie (1970-1978)

Current issues of periodicals are found alphabetically in the current periodicals room (third floor).
Internet
http://sibley.esm.rochester.edu/links/musthe.html (Links to Music Theory Sites)
http://boethius.music.ucsb.edu/smt-list/smthome.html (Society for Music Theory)
http://www.music.indiana.edu/tml/start.html (Thesaurus Musicarum Latinarum)
Usenet rec.music.theory

 

Compiled by David Thurmaier, 7/97; Rev. by Jim Farrington, 9/99.