This box will walk you through different editions and catalogs and their usage.
Performing editions: These are the scores that you'll find on the 2nd floor of MPAL.
Collected works or Critical editions: These are sets of composers' collected works compiled by scholarly editors to try to give the closest indication of what the composer truly intended.
Monuments or Denkmäler: Are collected editions that focus on a particular country, region, or type of music rather than a single composer.
Thematic Catalogs: Provide organized lists of a composer's works.
This box explains how to find Collected Works and Thematic Catalogs through the Library.
You'll likely need to first find the call number for the set you need. Do this by searching the library catalog:
To find a thematic catalogue for a particular composer you can:
You can also use the following tools to identify online thematic catalogs:
To identify a composer's collected works and associated thematic catalog, start by using Grove in Oxford Music Online (linked below). Once you have completed these steps, continue to the next tab of this box to locate a particular piece.
To learn how to find a specific piece in a collected edition, see the next tab of this box.
Collected editions, thematic catalogs, and their identifying abbreviations are listed in the first two sections of the Works section in Grove.
Once you've completed the steps on the previous tab to identify the name and associated abbreviation of a composer's collected edition, follow the steps below to identify the location of a particular piece within the collected works:
The location of a specific piece is given for each collected work (identified by the abbreviated title at the top of the column)
You may find a glossary of German musical terms helpful for your consultation of collected works and thematic catalogs. Refer to the list below to help in your research.
Autograph: manuscript written in the hand of a particular person; in normal musical parlance, the manuscript of a work in the hand of its composer
Briefe: Letters (correspondence)
Buhnenwerke: Stage works
Faksimile: exact copy (usually of a manuscript)
Holograph: sometimes used to distinguish a manuscript wholly in the hand of its author or composer
Kammermusik: chamber music
Klaviermusik: piano music
Kirchenmusik: church music
Kritischer bericht: critical commentary
Literatur: articles/studies about work
Manuscript: source that is written by hand
Mehrstimmige Gesange: Songs for multiple voice parts
Opera Omnia: all works
Opus Zahl: Opus (work) number
Orchesterwerke: Orchestral works
Oeuvres completes: complete works
Reihe: Row or series
Thematisches-Verzeichnis: thematic catalog, inventory
Urtext: intended to reproduce the original intention of the composer as exactly as possible, without any added or changed material
Vergleiche (Vgl.): see also, compare
Widmung: dedication (gewidmet= dedicated to)