This page collects resources for finding music analysis through the Library's resources. We've included recommended reference sources, subject headings you can try for searching the catalog, and recommended databases. If you have trouble navigating the resources below, ask a librarian for assistance!
The two resources linked below are the two major texts for locating music analyses of works. They include the titles of articles and books that discuss and analyze composer's works, and are the first place you should start when looking for music analysis.
The Library has numerous print and online resources related to music analysis. If you couldn't find references to the work you are studying in Diamond or Hoek (the core texts recommended in the box above), you can try searching the library catalog more broadly for books that include analysis of the piece you're researching. We've included several recommended search strategies below to help guide your search.
When you do a subject search, you are searching using a term from a pre-defined controlled vocabulary of headings used to classify materials in our catalog. This will give you more targeted results than doing a simple keyword search because you will only see results that were assigned the subject heading you searched with. To search by subject in the catalog:
There are several subject headings in the library catalog that might help you find analysis. Try a search for one of the subject headings below:
You can also try combining the headings above with a composer name as a keyword or as part of the subject, as in the example below:
Many composer's have a bio-bibliography, or research guide, to their works. Try a search in the catalog for the composer's name and "bibliography", "biobibliography", "guide", or "handbook" to see if you can find one. Among the sources compiled in the bio-bibliography, you may be able to find sources that include music analysis of their works.
The University of Tennessee has an Analysis Index that can be helpful for locating program notes and analyses of music. You can try a search in the UT Analysis Index, to find the name of a book that contains the analysis you need, but remember that you'll then have to search our own catalog to see if we have the title you need. The call numbers in the UT Analysis Index refer to the UT Library holdings, so you'll have to do a second, separate search in our own catalog. If we don't have the title, you can ask at the Service Desk for help placing an Interlibrary loan request.
Searching in a journal database for individual articles or dissertations analyzing the piece of music you're researching can be another great strategy. Below are two recommended databases to get you started.