Index to Printed Music: Collections and Series

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The Index to Printed Music: Collections & Series combines the Index Database, the Bibliography Database and the Names Database into one electronic resource for finding individual pieces of music printed in standard scholarly editions. 

The music included is published in sets and series organized according to various criteria:

  • by composer (Complete works: Gesamtausgaben)
  • by geographical area (Monuments: Denkmäler)
  • by time or style period
  • by original source (usually manuscript)
  • in anthologies

The Index Database currently contains ca. 238,000 records, with over 20 fields of information: names (composers, poets, librettists, editors); titles and alternate titles; language of text and text incipit; performing forces (medium); identifying numbers (item numbers, opus/thematic catalogue numbers, key); formats (full score, piano vocal score, parts, etc.); language; presence of non-standard clefs; figured bass and how treated; duration of piece (if given in item); genres; musical incipit (if needed for identification); citations for performing editions based on the main work; and RISM source numbers. 

The Index Database is linked to the Bibliography Database (ca. 9,300 citations as contained in Collected Editions, Historical Series & Sets & Monuments of Music: A Bibliography, by George R. Hill and Norris L. Stephens [Berkeley: Fallen Leaf Press, 1997]). This database is searchable by composer, title, and series name and number. Linking the Bibliography andIndex records is a standard edition number. From the Bibliography record, this number allows users to view all index entries for a particular title. From an Index record, this number enables users to link to the Bibliography title for quick searching in library catalogues. 

The Names Database currently contains around 20,000 names with three times as many cross-references (alternate forms of the names). The names, whether for composer, librettist, poet, or editor, have been established by researching the scholarly literature to determine the most complete form based on the latest published research. Many of the cross-references are based on those established by the Library of Congress. 

Currently, the Index to Printed Music includes approximately 135,000 index entries. It is expected that the number of index entries will more than double over the next three years.


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Dates covered

Collections published from 1798 to 2000, containing musical repertoire from the 1st century A.D. through the third quarter of the 20th century.

Updating frequency

Irregularly, as data is collected.


Composers' collected or complete works editions, monumental editions, scholarly anthologies, and music published as appendices in monographic series.

Type of coverage

Indexing with citations only

Print counterpart or
related resources

Anna H. Heyer's Historical Sets, Collected Editions, and Monuments of Music: A Guide to Their Contents, 3rd. edition (Chicago: American Library Association, 1980) and George R. Hill's & Norris L. Stephens' Collected Editions, Historical Series & Sets & Monuments of Music: A Bibliography (Berkeley, California: Fallen Leaf Press, 1997).

Producer/content provider

The James Adrian Music Company, with the Music Library Association.

Vendor/electronic presentation provider


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