Get help

Music

This is a guide to information resources on music.

Composer collected editions

Composer collected editions

The Library holds several Collected Editions (Gesamtausgabe/Complete Editions/Complete Works) of particular composers. Collected Editions are mainly used for research rather than performance.  Collected Editions are very useful as a source for locating a work not available as individual score in the library collection.  

What are collected editions?

Musicologists through extensive research have compiled the works of composers like Mozart, Bach, Beethoven and others into multi-volume sets.  Collected Editions are authoratitive collections of the complete works of a specific composer and present the original (urtext vesion) or first known version of a manuscript thereby showcasing the composer's original intentions.  

Where are they located in the Library?

Collected Editions in the Library are found at the call number: Ref M3 browse to find your composer.

Alternatively you can find Collected Editions by searching the Library catalogue for the composers last name and the keyword "works".  

How to use the collected editions?

Grove Music Online makes using of Collected Editions easy, by providing a detailed list of the complete works of a composer, with information on how to find an individual work in the multi-volume set. Access Grove Music Online from Dictionaries and Encyclopedia section.

Here is an example from Grove Music Online, listing the songs of Franz Schubert and data relating to the name, volume and page of the Schubert collected edition where the individual song can be found. Access Grove Music from the dictionaries and encyclopedia page in menu.

Grove Music Online Schubert song list with composer collected edition volume and page data

Library held collected editions

Composer Collected Edition 
Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750. Score Ref M3.B32 1954 - works
Score Ref M3.B32 1955 - critical commentary
Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827 Score Ref M3 .B43
Berlioz, Hector, 1803-1869 Score Ref M3.B48 1900z
Böhm, Georg, 1661-1733 Score Ref M3.B63 1952
Boccherini, Luigi, 1743-1805 Score Ref M3.B72 1970
Brahms, Johannes, 1833-1897 Score Ref M3 .B74 1996
Charpentier, Marc-Antoine, 1643-1704 Score Ref M3 .C464 1990
Chopin, Frédéric, 1810-1849 Score Ref M3.C56 1949
Couperin, François, 1668-1733 Score Ref M3.C68 1980 
Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918 Score Ref M3 .D42
Dufay, Guillaume, d. 1474 Score Ref M3 .D83 1951
Fayrfax, Robert, 1464-1521 Score Ref M3.F39 1959
Frederick II, King of Prussia, 1712-1786 Score Ref M3.F73 1889a
Gabrieli, Giovanni, 1557-1612 Score Ref M3.G16 1956
Gesualdo, Carlo, principe di Venosa, 1560 (ca.)-1613 Score Ref M3.G35 1957 
Gluck, Christoph Willibald, Ritter von, 1714-1787 Score Ref M3.G68 1951 
Guillaume, de Machaut, ca. 1300-1377 Score Ref M3.G84 1954 
Handel, George Frideric, 1685-1759 Score Ref M3.H36 1970z 
Haydn, Joseph, 1732-1809 Score Ref M3 .H39
Josquin, des Prez, d. 1521. Score Ref M3.J67 1969 
Lasso, Orlando di, 1532-1594 Score Ref M3 .L34 1968
Liszt, Franz, 1811-1886 Score Ref M3 .L57
Loewe, Carl, 1796-1869. Score Ref M3.L69 1970
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791 Score Ref M3.M69 - works
Score Ref M3 .M69 1955 - critical commentary
Monteverdi, Claudio, 1567-1643 Score Ref M3 .M78 1926
Mussorgsky, Modest Petrovich, 1839-1881 Score Ref M3.M87 1960z
Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da, 1525?-1594 Score Ref M3.P15 1960z
Purcell, Henry, 1659-1695 Score Ref M3.P87 
Schoenberg, Arnold, 1874-1951 Score Ref M3.S36 1966
Schubert, Franz, 1797-1828. Score Ref M3.S382 1965
Schütz, Heinrich, 1585-1672. Score Ref M3.S387
Sweelinck, Jan Pieterszoon, 1562-1621 Score Ref M3.S968 1957
Telemann, Georg Philipp, 1681-1767 Score Ref M3.T44 1950 
Willaert, Adrian, 1490?-1562. Score Ref M3.W56 1950 

 

Online Collected Editions

Collected Editions are available in the public domain from archives.  Typically the latest, most complete and authoritative versions are only available in print. Apart from the scanned music manuscripts some archives also make available other primary material such as sketches and letters by the composers. 

RISM - Repertoire International des Sources Musicales seeks to comprehensively document every extant musical score in the world. RISM make this information available from their online catalogue and can lead you to the location of a composer's original manuscript.