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Music Literature Before 1800: Home

This will help you find writings about music published before 1800.

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What is this page about?
Music literature, as V. Duckles presents it, "refers to writings on music as opposed to musical scores." The historical bibliographies below represent early compilations (published prior to 1800) of theory treatises, pedagogical works, scientific essays and many other types of publications.  There are also some later compilations.


Modern Bibliographies

Historic Bibliographies

Historic Works on the Topic

These bibliographies were among the first to be published to help research on Music Literature. They can be helpful if you're really digging into a subject.

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