Books, Scores, and Periodicals

Loeb Music Library's general collection supports the curriculum of the Department of Music as well as scholarship in a broad range of musical disciplines.

The Loeb Music Library's general collection supports the curriculum of the Harvard University Department of Music, as well as scholarship in a broad range of musical disciplines, including:

  • historical musicology
  • music theory
  • ethnomusicology
  • performance practice
  • cross-disciplinary music studies

Current collecting also focuses on American vernacular musics including musical theater, jazz, blues, and rock.

The musical scores support both performance and scholarly research in a variety of musics. Collection strengths include outstanding holdings in 18th- and 19th-century instrumental music, 19th-century opera, early Western European music in modern editions, and Russian and Ukrainian music of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Collection development in 20th- and 21st-century music is also a priority, guided by the world-renowned composition faculty of the Harvard Department of Music.

The library's periodicals holdings constitute one of the most impressive collections anywhere in the world, ranging from a set of Dwight's Journal and other early-19th-century publications, to a nearly complete set of Sovetskaia Muzyka. The library continues to add to its archived holdings of serials.

Accessing These Materials

Items in this collection are cataloged in HOLLIS. 

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