Bibliographical Content

Content of the Beethoven Gateway (as of July 2009)


Literature on Beethoven

The Beethoven Gateway indexes publications in many languages, primarily English, German, French, Italian, Dutch, and Spanish. All of the books and journal articles indexed in the Gateway are in the collection of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies. See our guidelines for locating materials to identify copies or borrow materials through your local libraries.

The types of publications indexed by the Beethoven Gateway include:
    • books
    • articles from scholarly music and non-music journals
    • dissertations and theses
    • reviews of books, scores, recordings, and concerts
    • essays and other sections of books
    • newspaper articles
    • encyclopedia articles

Books devoted to Beethoven encompass wide range of publications, from children's books to scholarly monographs, all of which are included in the Beethoven Gateway. Books on other subjects that contain discussions of Beethoven and/or his music are also included, although generally only their Beethoven content is indexed. Gateway users may retrieve lists of some types of books using the Category index terms, such as "biographies" or "children's literature."

More than half of the Beethoven Gateway consists of fully-indexed citations to articles in journals and other collections of essays. These not only include articles in music journals but in the periodical literature of other fields as well, such as comparative literature, art history, European history, medicine, philosolphy, and many more. The process of collecting and indexing journal articles is ongoing, and at present not all Beethoven-related articles from a particular journal title are yet included. However, indexing is complete for the following journals, with the exception of some of the most recent issues:

    • Acta musicologica (1928-)
    • Archiv für Musikforschung (1936-1942)
    • Beethoven Jahrbuch (1953-1981)
    • Beethoven Forum (1992-2008)
    • The Beethoven Newletter/Journal (1986- )
    • Early Music (1972-)
    • College Music Symposium (1961-)
    • Current Musicology (1965- )
    • In Theory Only (1975-)
    • Indiana Theory Review (1977-)
    • Journal of Music Theory (1957-)
    • Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy (1987-)
    • Journal of Musicology (1982-)
    • Journal of the American Musicological Society (1948- )
    • Music Analysis (1982-)
    • Music and Letters (1920- )
    • Music Perception (1983-)
    • The Music Review (1940-1994)
    • Music Theory Spectrum (1983-)
    • The Musical Quarterly (1915-1986; 1988- )
    • Die Musikforschung (1948- )
    • 19th-Century Music (1977-)
    • Notes (Series 2) (1943-)


Editions of Beethoven's music

At present, the Beethoven Gateway primarily lists published editions of Beethoven's music located in the collections of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven studies. A few editions located in other libraries and collections, for which the Beethoven Center owns photocopies, are also included. Although the Gateway currently provides access to only about 75% of the Beethoven Center's collection of music editions, the goal is reach 95% by the end of 2010. These editions include:

  • first editions
  • other editions from Beethoven's lifetime
  • other important editions published in the 19th century, including arrangements and collected works
  • important 20th-century editions, particularly scholarly critical editions

The Beethoven Center provides photocopy and scanning services of rare editions in the collection. See also our guidelines for locating Beethoven editions in your local libraries.


Manuscripts (originals and facsimiles)

Currently, the only original manuscripts included in the Beethoven Gateway are located in the Beethoven Center's collection. However, the Beethoven Thesaurus identifies and provides information on locations of other Beethoven manuscripts throughout the world.

Facsimile publications of Beethoven's music manuscripts, letters, and other documents are indexed in the Beethoven Gateway. These include Beethoven's sketchbooks; fair copies and other autograph music manuscripts; contemporary copies of scores not in Beethoven's hand; letters; and other important music and biographical documents. Consult the Documents section of the Beethoven Thesaurus for a more extenstive list of types of manuscript materials. Some manuscript facsimiles printed as illustrations in books are also indexed in the Beethoven Gateway.


Other content

The current focus of development of the Beethoven Gateway is on adding information on other formats of materials located in the Beethoven Center's collections. These include:

    • Sound recordings: compact discs and LP recordings, including the Blakeley Collection of Beethoven symphonies and concertos
    • Audio/visual materials: video tapes and DVDs of Beethoven documentaries, feature films, performances, lectures, and more.
    • Graphic materials: portrait engravings, lithographs, maps, art objects (busts and sculpture)