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Music: Scores

Guide for finding resources relating to music.

Reference Scores

You can find three types of scores in the Reference section:

  1. Collected (or Complete) Works - the entire musical output of a single composer - Ref M 3
  2. Historical Sets - compositions from a particular region, time period, and/or genre - Ref M 2
    • Many hard-to-find works can be found in these sets!
  3. Facsimiles - reproductions of manuscripts - Ref M and Ref ML 96.5 (some are shelved in Ref Oversize!)

Reihe, Heft, Abteilung: What do they mean?

Collected Works and Historical Sets are often organized in multiple volumes and series. Some are as simple as volumes 1, 2, 3, etc., while others are more complicated with series, sub-series, and volumes within the sub-series: 

  • Series (or Reihe) 
  • Workgroup (or Werkgruppe)
  • Section (or Abteilung)
  • Volume (or Band)

For example, this is how the first portion of Mozart's Neue Ausgabe (New Collected Works) is organized:

  • Series 1: Sacred Vocal Works
    • Workgroup 1: Masses and Requiem
      • Section 1: Masses
        • Volume 1: Masses
        • Volume 2: Masses
        • Etc.
      • Section 2: Requiem
      • Section 3: Litanies and Vespers
        • Volume 1: Litanies
        • Volume 2: Vespers
        • etc.
  • Series 2: Theatre Music
    • Etc.

Collected Works & Historical Sets

How to Find Compositions within Complete Works & Historical Sets

  1. For major composers (such as Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, etc.), look at the List of Works in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians or Oxford Music Online
  2. If the composer has a Thematic Catalogue, use it! 
  3. Use Anna Harriet Heyer's Historical Sets, Collected Editions, and Monuments of Music: A Guide to Their Contents (Ref ML 113 H52 1980), see below.
  4. If you get stuck or need help, ask at the circulation desk or see Dr. Oates!