Bruce Gustafson, Chambonnières: A Thematic Catalogue, JSCM Instrumenta 1 (created 2007, last revised February 2017), accessed August 1, 2019. https://sscm-jscm.org/instrumenta/instrumenta-volumes/instrumenta-volume-1/
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:
Thematic catalogs can be found in Reference at REF ML134. They are arranged alphabetically by composer's last name.
Not every composer has a thematic catalog for their works. The Library of Congress uses hundreds of existing composers' thematic catalogs to identify works when creating bibliographic records. The Music Library Association's Cataloging and Metadata Committee maintains a list of these at Thematic Indexes Used by the Library of Congress.
Thematic catalogs can be found in Reference at REF ML134.
They are arranged alphabetically by composer's last name; for example:
REF ML134 .B09 A2 1989 = CPE Bach Thematic Catalogue of the Works of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
REF ML134.B155 A35 1990 = JS Bach Thematisch-systematisches Verzeichnis der musikalischen Werke von Johann sebastian Bach : Bach-Werek-Verzeichnis (BWV)
REF ML134.B175 A3 2012 = Samuel Barber Samuel Barber : A Thematic Catalogue of the Complete Works
REF ML134.B4 A18 2014 = Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven : thematisch-bibliographisches Werkverzeichnis
and so on...
Not every composer has a thematic catalog and some have more than one! If you need help locating a thematic catalog please ask us for assistance.
Please note that some of these sites are ongoing projects and older digitized books or publisher's catalogs may not be the latest edition.
Johann Georg Albrechtsberger
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach
Ludwig van Beethoven
Jacques Champion de Chambonnières
Johan Peter Emilius Hartmann
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Johann Adolph Scheibe
Carl Maria von Weber