I'm looking for public databases containing data about the works of different composers, just like the Köchel catalogue. I'm not really interested in any particular artist, genre, or time period. Instead, I'd rather like to know where to look for data like that in general. Pointers to explicit lists are nevertheless welcome.

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Wikipedia has a category of music catalog pages.


Here are a few links I found to complete lists.








  • That Bach doesn't go where it's supposed to, I think.
    – 3ocene
    Sep 25, 2017 at 17:41
  • It worked five years ago :P
    – Luke_0
    Oct 15, 2017 at 4:45

There are a number of other composers with these types of numbering schemes. Schubert has the "D" (for Deutsch) catalog, and Bartok's works are typically organized using the Szőllőzy catalog ("Sz").


The best, and always most up to date, place to go for complete works catalogues is the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. It is available online, but you must have access to a subscription of some sort. Many universities and public libraries have online database subscriptions.

Grove allows you to search by composer. Each entry includes a complete biographical history, a complete works list, and bibliography of places to go for even more information.

If you are then interested in finding the music listed, the complete works list also includes excellent bibliographic information of all scholarly editions in current publication.

  • Thanks. Although I'm looking for a publicly available source this is interesting nevertheless. Jan 2, 2012 at 20:19
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    The Grove is publicly available. Check out your local library's website. I know mine has a subscription. It's the most reliable source in music history; it just requires a little more work to get to than wikipedia. Jan 3, 2012 at 22:06
  • The hundred year old editions are fully searchable in Google Books. Dec 3, 2019 at 20:04

From Wikipedia:

The Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis (Bach Works Catalogue) is the numbering system identifying compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach. The prefix BWV, followed by the work's number, is the shorthand identification for Bach's compositions. The works are grouped thematically, not chronologically.

An explicit list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_compositions_by_Johann_Sebastian_Bach

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