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Romantic Music

A guide to library resources for researching and performing music of the Romantic style period.

How to use this guide

Use the menu bars on the left to find resources for researching and performing music of the Romantic style period (ca. 1800-1910).  For example, click the "Articles" bar to see a list of journals and databases for finding articles about Romantic music.

For a more general guide to music resources in the library, start with the main Music Research Guide.

If you want more specific research help or you have a question (simple or complex) please email me at  --Ann

Liszt at the Piano, painting by Josef Danhauser: a painting of Franz Liszt playing in a Parisian salon a grand piano by Conrad Graf , who commissioned the painting; on the piano is a bust of Ludwig van Beethoven by Anton Dietrich; the imagined gathering shows seated Alexandre Dumas (père), George Sand, Franz Liszt, Marie d'Agoult; standing Hector Berlioz or Victor Hugo, Niccolò Paganini, Gioachino Rossini; a portrait of Byron on the wall and a statue of Joan of Arc on the far left.

Liszt at the Piano (1840), by Josef Danhauser. Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Alte Nationalgalerie F.V. 42.  

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Music and Dance Librarian

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Ann Shaffer
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I will be on sabbatical from May 16-September 16, 2024. During that time, please contact with music or dance research questions, or drop in at the Douglass Room for research help at the music desk Monday-Friday 10 am-6 pm. If you need assistance related to room reservations or facilities in the Douglass Room, please contact Jimmy Murray at

I will be available for appointments again starting in Fall Term 2024.
Subjects: Dance, Music