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Music: Composer Sets and Collected Editions

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

How to Find:

To locate a piece in the collected works of a composer

1. Use Oxford Music Online / Grove Dictionary of Music, search by COMPOSER, use the WORKS LIST in the composer article to find the title of piece, then the volume and page of the complete works edition that contains the particular piece you are looking for.

2. Then, check the online catalog to get the call number of the composer complete works set. Most are found in the M3 section of the music stacks.

3. Use a composer thematic catalogue. Find the entry for the piece, and locate the data identifying presence of the work in a complete works edition, and the particular volume number and pages. Then go to #2 above to locate the call number.

To locate a piece in a large collected anthology edition or "monument" collection, such as one listed in the box to the right, use

1. BIXLER REF ML113 .H52 1980
Heyer, Anna Harriet. Historical Sets, Collected Editions, and Monuments of Music: A Guide to Their Contents. American Library Association, 1980. Vol. 1: Text; Vol. 2: Index.
Essential resource providing an index to the contents of composer complete works editions and anthologies of music and historical music sets in score.

2. BIXLER REF ML113 .H55 1997
Hill, George R. and Norris L. Stephens. Collected Editions, Historical Series and Sets, and Monuments of Music: A Bibliography. Fallen Leaf Press, 1997.
Sequel to Heyer, but does not replace it. Updates Heyer with new published series and sets. However, the catalog/index volume has not yet been published. Thus, use Heyer and Grove Music Online for finding musical pieces in complete works editions.

Composer Sets and Collected Editions

Examples: Complete Works of a Composer (Shelved in the M3 section, by composer)

  • BIXLER M3.B113
    Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750. [Works] Neue Ausgabe sämtlicher Werke. Hrsg. vom Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Institut Göttingen und vom Bach-Archiv Leipzig. Bärenreiter-Verlag, 1954-

  • BIXLER M3.B4
    Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827 [Works. 1961] Werke. Hrsg. vom Beethoven-Archiv, Bonn, unter Leitung von Joseph Schmidt-Görg. Henle, 1961-

  • BIXLER M3.M896 1955
    Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791. [Works. 1955] Neue Ausgabe sämtlicher Werke : in Verbindung mit den Mozartstädten, Augsburg, Salzburg und Wien. Hrsg. von der Internationalen Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg. Bärenreiter, 1955-Complete set also available in digital form at

  • BIXLER M3.S38
    Schubert, Franz, 1797-1828. [Works. 1964] Neue Ausgabe sämtlicher Werke . Hrsg. von der Internationalen Schubert-Gesellschaft. Bärenreiter, 1964--

Collected Editions

Examples: Music Monument/Collected Edition, shelved in the M2 section.

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