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Music: Thematic Catalogs

Music resources at Colby and other great web resources for music research.

Thematic Catalogs

 A thematic catalog systematically organizes and lists the entire output of a composer's works, including information such as the original title, date and place of composition; an incipit (first few bars of the music) for each piece, provenance of manuscript copies, early published editions, and other details to aid scholarly research.Note: look in Colby Web Catalog under Subject: Thematic Catalogs to identify thematic catalogs in Bixler Library.

  • BIXLER REF ML113 .B86 1997
    Brook, Barry S. and Richard Viano. Thematic Catalogues in Music: An Annotated Bibliography. 2nd ed. Pendragon, 1997.
    Essential as a starting point to determine if a thematic catalog is available for a composer's works. This is a bibliography of published composer thematic catalogues, arranged by composer.
  • Bach
    BIXLER REF ML134 .B1 S3 1990
    Schmieder, Wolfgang. Thematisch-systematisches Verzeichnis der musikalischen Werke von Johann Sebastian Bach: Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis (BWV). 2nd ed. Breitkopf & Härtel, 1990.
  • Beethoven
    BIXLER REF ML134 .B4K5
    Kinsky, Georg. Das Werk Beethovens: Thematisch-Bibliographisches Verzeichnis seiner sämtlichen vollendeten Kompositionen. Henle 1955.
  • Mozart
    BIXLER REF ML134. M9 K55 1965
    Köchel, Ludwig Ritter von. Chronologisch-thematisches Verzeichnis sämtlicher Tonwerke Wolfgang Amadé Mozarts. Breitkopf & Härtel, 1965.
  • Schubert
    BIXLER REF ML134.S38 D4 1978
    Deutsch, Otto Erich, 1883-1967. Franz Schubert, thematisches Verzeichnis seiner Werke in chronologischer Folge. Bärenreiter, 1978.
  • Schumann
    BIXLER REF ML134.S4.A28 2003
    McCorkle, Margit K. Robert Schumann: neue Ausgabe sämticher Werke: thematisch- bibliographisches Werkeverseichnis. Schott, 2003.

Dictionaries of musical themes: When you can hum or know a bit of the melody to a symphonic, instrumental or opera theme, but can't identify the composer, or the specific piece, use one of these tools to help identify the particulars:

  • BIXLER REF ML 128 I65 B3. Barlow, Harold and Sam Morgenstern. A Dictionary of Musical Themes. Crown, 1948 
  • BIXLER REF ML 128 V7 B3 1966. Barlow, Harold and Sam Morgenstern. A Dictionary of Opera and Song Themes, Including Cantatas, Oratorios, Lieder, and Art Songs. Crown, 1966

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