Thematic catalogs works lists

Standard thematic catalog: "Kinsky-Halm"

Das Werk Beethovens / Thematisch-Bibliographisches Verzeichnis seiner sämtlichen vollendeten Kompositions. (Beethoven's Works / Thematic-Bibliographic List of His Completed Compositions). Compiled by George Kinsky, completed and edited by Hans Halm. Munich: G. Henle, 1955. 808 pp.

Contains entries for Beethoven's works with opus numbers, without opus numbers (Werke ohne Opus = WoO), and doubtful and inauthentic works. Also a number of useful indices, including a list of dedicatees and a list of his song compositions listed by titles and beginnings of the text.

1978 update to thematic catalog: "Dorfmüller"

"Supplement zum Thematisch-bibliographischen Verzeichnis von Kinsky-Halm," ("Supplement to the Thematic-Bibliographic List by Kinsky-Halm"), in Beiträge zur Beethoven-Bibliographie Studien und Materialen zum Werkverzeichnis von Kinsky-Halm. Edited by Kurt Dorfmüller. Munich: G. Henle, 1978. 452 pp.

Also in this volume are several important lists and articles about Beethoven autographs, copies, first and early editions.

The "new Kinsky"

A revised edition of the thematic catalog, edited by Kurt Dorfmüller and Norbert Gertsch, is currently underway by Henle Verlag.

Thematic catalog of works not in Kinsky-Halm: "Hess"

Verzeichnis der nicht in der Gesamtausgabe veröffentlichten Werke Ludwig van Beethovens (List of the Published Works of Beethoven Not in the Complete Edition). Prepared by Willy Hess. Wiesbaden: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1957. 116 pp.

English edition of "Hess"

Green, James F., 1949-
The new Hess catalog of Beethoven's works. Edited, updated and translated from the original German by James F. Green. West Newbury, Vt. : Vance Brook Pub., 2003. 227 p.

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Works lists

Works list in The New Grove Beethoven. Joseph Kerman and Alan Tyson. New York: Norton, 1983. First published in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, edited by Stanley Sadie, 1980. 216 pp.

The works list was compiled by Douglas Johnson, who was then working on The Beethoven Sketchbooks. The dates in the list are the most accurate available in a list. The discussion of biography and works is very good as well. Kerman and Tyson are two senior Beethoven scholars.

Updated in Oxford Music Online (including the Grove Music Online).

For other lists of Beethoven's works (including those arranged alphabetically or for specific genre), search in the Beethoven Gateway in the Category index: Search term: works lists