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FAQ - Finding Music in Complete Works (Music Library)

Finding Music in Complete Works

Note that for many major composers (e.g., Bach, Beethoven, Handel, Mozart) there may be more than one complete works: one begun in the 19th century that is relatively complete; and one begun in the 20th century that is not yet complete. In fact, the main characteristic of "complete works" is that they are incomplete....

A quick way to track down which volume of a composer's complete works contains a particular piece is to look in the bibliography of that composer's works in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. 2nd ed. ML100 .G92 (shelved at the Index Table) or at Oxford Music Online.

Other resources:

Heyer, Anna. Historical Sets, Collected Editions, and Monuments of Music: A Guide to Their Contents. 3rd ed. 1980. ML113 .H62 (Shelved at the Index Table and in the Stacks.) Notes: especially useful for M2s, this work contains information not found in New Grove. However, it is quite dated and does not contain recent publications.

Hill, George R. and Norris L. Stephens. Collected Editions, Historical Series & Sets, & Monuments of Music. ML113 .H65 1997 (Shelved at the Index Table and in the Reference Section.)

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