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Indexes for Collected Editions and Musical Monuments

There are several sources that can help you find individual pieces in a composer's collected works or in a musical monument.

Work lists with listings for volumes in collected editions can be found at the end of articles on composers in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (online) or in reference at REF ML100.N48 1995.

The Index to Printed Music (IPM) is an online tool for locating works in collected editions and historical monuments. The print version (Collected Editions, Historical Series & Sets & Monuments of Music : A Bibliography / George R. Hill, Norris L. Stephens) is available in reference at REF ML113 .H55 1997.

The classic Historical Sets, Collected Editions, and Monuments of Music : A Guide to Their Contents / compiled by Anna Harriet Heyer is located in reference at REF ML113 .H52 1980.

Publishing Schedules

Check publishers' websites to find out if a volume in a composer's collected edition or musical monument series has been published. Below are only a few publishers of collected editions and monuments.

American Institute of Musicology
A-R Editions
Bärenreiter Verlag
Breitkopf & Härtel
G. Henle Verlag
Istituto italiano per la storia della musica
Stainer & Bell
University of Chicago Press

Composers' Thematic Catalogs

A thematic catalog is a guide to a composer's works. Works can be arranged by genre, dates, or other device and information about each work can include:

  • Name of work in original language
  • Popular titles
  • Opus number, serial number, work number (e.g., K. 626, BWV 1060, D 328)
  • Type of composition
  • Key
  • Instrumentation
  • Incipits of individual movements or sections of musical works
  • Dates and places of composition, premier, revisions
  • Holding institution of holograph, working copies, first prints
  • Spurious and doubtful works
  • Bibliography of research about a work

Thematic catalogs can be found in Reference at REF ML134. They are arranged alphabetically by composer's last name.