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Music Research - finding the score

How to locate music scores for research and performance at Trexler Library.

Complete works

Collected Works or Complete Works – are multi-volume sets representing a composer’s complete compositional output; usually edited by musical scholars or even other composers.  These are generally given the Dewey number SCO 780.81 in the A level stacks.  

Some notes about 'Collected Works':

  • A given composer can have more than one published set of complete works.  New editions are sometimes published as new scholarship becomes available. 
  • Complete works are generally internally organized by genre-- e.g. all orchestral works, chamber works, vocal works together.
  • Many include accompanying volumes of critical commentary (or Kritische Berichte). 
  • Major publishers of collected works include:  Bärenreiter, Breitkopf & Härtel, Editions Durand, G. Henle Verlag, Scott, Stainer & Bell, etc.
  • Publication is often spread over many years, and sometimes publishers change.
  • Language terms other than English associated with collected works include:  
    • German: Werke, Sämtliche Werke, Gesamtausgabe; 
    • Italian: Opere; 
    • French: Oeuvres.

For additional info, you can consult: