Beethoven Thesaurus - Online Searching

Online searching of the Beethoven Thesaurus

An online version of the Beethoven Thesaurus is available using ViewChoir, a thesaurus construction program created by WebChoir.

The main window of the Beethoven Thesaurus lists the nine sections and number of terms in each section:

Beethoven Thesaurus screen

After clicking on the name of the section, you can expand the section to display an alphabetical list of main terms:

Beethoven Thesaurus search screen

Some terms might display with an adjacent plus sign, indicating the existence of narrower terms in relation to the main term. Click on the plus sign to further expand the list.

To view the thesaurus entry for a term, simply click on the term name in the left window. The right window will then display the full entry, showing the preferred term and cross references, with any scope notes, related concepts, possible subdivisions or other usage notes, the name of the hierarchy to which the term belongs, and an authority record number for the term's entry in the Beethoven Gateway. At this time, there are no direct links from terms in the Beethoven Thesaurus to the Beethoven Gateway, or vice-versa.


Beethoven Thesaurus search screen

To search for words in the Beethoven Thesaurus, use the search window in the left frame of the Viewchoir page. The search function allows you to locate any term (including phrases) within the entire Thesaurus that might use a particular word. This will help you identify the perferred term used in the Beethoven Gateway, and well as cross references from unused forms. For example, a search on "Waldstein" retrieves the thesaurus entry for "Opus 53," the preferred term used in the Beethoven Gateway for the "Waldstein Sonata." You can also search for words in first lines of texts of Beethoven's works.

Beethoven Thesaurus search screenThe keyword search allows you to indentify any term in the Thesaurus that might be pertinent to your search. In the thesaurus entry for a particular term, a list of related terms also directs you to other terms in the thesaurus that might be more pertinent to your search. For example, a search on the term "form" leads you to several possible matches, such as "hybrid forms," as well as terms related to the general topic of form, such as "repeats."