Professor Emeritus of Music


Ph.D., Harvard University

Field of Specialty

Nineteenth-century music. Theory and analysis. History of theory. Liszt. Music and Meaning

Contact Information

Slosberg Music Center 220

Allan R Keiler

Both as scholar and teacher, on the undergraduate as well as graduate level, my interests center around theory and analysis and the history of theory, and 19th century musicology, especially Franz Liszt. I also have an interest in African-American studies that relate to the subject of my biography, Marian Anderson.


Keiler, Allan R. ""Liszt on Schubert's Alfonso und Estrella: Translation and Commentary"." The World of Schubert. Ed. Christopher Gibbs and Morten Solvik. Princeton University Press, 2014 (forthcoming)

Keiler, Allan R, ed. "The Problem of the Retrieval of Musical Knowledge: the Thoroughbass Tradition and its Relationship to Rameau". Journal of Music Theory (Duke University Press), 57 2014.

Keiler, Allan R. "The Gentle Maestro." Rev. of Bruno Walter: A World Elsewhere, by Eric Ryding, Rebecca Pechefsky. New York Review of Books vol. 12/200

Keiler, Allan R. "Ludwig Rellstab's Biographical Sketch of Liszt: Introduced and Translated." Franz Liszt and his World. Ed. Christoper H. Gibbs, Dana Gooley. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2006. 335-361.

Keiler,Allan R. Marian Anderson: A Singer's Journey. Scribner, 2000.

Keiler, Allan R. A Reader in Historical and Comparative Linguistics. New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1972.

Keiler, Allan R. Translation of Roman Jakobson, Child Language, Aphasia, and Phonological Universals. The Hague: Mouton, 1970.

Keiler, Allan R. A Phonological Description of the Indo-European Laryngeals. The Hague: Mouton, 1968.

Courses Taught

MUS 45a Beethoven
MUS 52a The World of Opera: Music and Drama
MUS 190b Proseminar in Schenkerian Analysis
MUS 195a Seminar: Music and Meaning
MUS 218b Seminar in the Music of the Nineteenth Century
MUS 226a History and Literature of Western Music Theory: Baroque to 1850