Stevens: La Femme la Harpe (1823-1906)


This guide is designed to help you find information about, and music for, the harp. Use this as a starting point, or browsing tool. As always, consult our catalog for complete holdings information, and when uncertain, ask at the Reference Desk!


Finding Harp Repertoire 

Suggested call numbers for browsing the shelves or our catalog

Below are general call number ranges. For specific call numbers, consult the Library of Congress Classification Schedule in the blue book at the Reference Desk, and/or our catalog.

M115-M119 harp solo 
M272-M273 harp with piano accompaniment 
M292-M293 duets—two plectral instruments
M296-M297 duets—wind and plectral instruments 
M294-M295 duets—string and plectral instruments 
M296-M297 duets—wind and plectral instruments
M1036 Concertos with orchestra
M1037 Concertos with orchestra (arranged)
M1136 Concertos with string orchestra
M1137 Concertos with string orchestra (arranged)
MT540-MT548 Studies and methods
MT546 Orchestral excerpts

For trios, quartets and other ensembles, see the Chamber Music guide.


Suggested Subject Headings

Below are examples of some useful subject headings for use in our catalog. For 
complete listings of headings, consult the Library of Congress Subject Headings (red books).

Headings for our catalog

Headings for LP Catalog

Harp music

Harp and [viola, horn etc.] 

Harp with [band, orchestra etc.] 

Harp music harps 2 

Sonatas harp 

Concertos harp 

Concertos harp solo with piano 

Harp ensembles 

Under “harp” 



Solos with ensembles 




Under “chamber music” 

Duets: harp 

Trios: harp, etc. 


Print resources for harp repertoire

Glattauer, Annie. Dictionnaire du répertoire de la harpe. Paris: CNRS éditions, 2003.
          Ref ML128.H3 G549 2003

Litterll, David A., ed. String Sylabus (vol. 2, 1997). Bloomington, IN: American String Teachers
          Association, 1997. Ref. ML132.H3 A5 1997

Palkovic, Mark. Harp Music Bibliography: v.1 Chamber Music and Concertos; v.2 Solo Harp and Harp 
          Ensemble. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2002. Ref. ML128.H3 P1635 2002


Online resources for harp repertoire

In-print commercial sources (searchable)

J.W. Pepper

Theodore Front


Finding Information about the Harp

Grove Music Online:

DeVale, Sue Carole, et al. “Harp.” Grove Music OnlineOxford Music Online. Oxford University Press,
          accessed December 31, 2013,


Suggested call numbers for browsing the shelves or our catalog




Harp bibliographies

Books about the harp

Studies and methods for the harp


Selected print resources on the harp

Aspects of the Historical Harp: Proceedings of the International Harp Symposium, Utrecht, 1992. Utrecht: 
          STIMU, 1994. ML1005 .I61 1994

Bochsa, Robert Nicolas Charles. Bochsa’s History of the Harp / with a Critique by Patricia John. Houston:
          Pantile Press, 1990. ML1005.B664 B66 1990

Govea, Wenonah Milton. Nineteenth- And Twentieth-Century Harpists: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook
          Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1995. Ref. ML399 .G721 1995

Rensch, Roslyn. The Harp, From Tara’s Halls to The American Schools. NY: Philosophical Library, 1950. 
          ML1005 .R421

The Harp: Its History, Technique and Repertoire. NY: Praeger, 1969. ML1005 .R421H

Harps and Harpists. London: Duckworth, 1989. ML1005.R421 H293 1989

Related works may be found by searching subjects beginning with the word: harp.



American Harp Journal (formerly Harp News)  ML27.U5 A512H
American String Teacher  ML1 .A512S
Folk Harp Journal  ML1 .F6665
Harp Column  ML1005 .H29
Harpa/Harpa-Piano  ML1005 .H293
Instrumentalist  ML1 .I59
World Harp Congress Review ML1005 .W927

Current issues of periodicals are found alphabetically in the current periodicals room (third floor). For call numbers of older, bound issues, look in the Sibley Library Serials list (found on quick reference shelves).



Internet Resources

Courtney’s Harp Page
The American Harp Society

Compiled by P. Ponella, 7/95; rev. 7/97; rev. 7/98 by M. Davidson; rev. 6/02, 9/04, 7/06 by Jim Farrington; rev. 1/14 by Jeff Weeks