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"A thematic catalogue is an index to a group of musical compositions that incorporates citations of their opening notes (incipits), or principal melodic features (themes), or both." Thematic Catalogues, Grove Music Online
Generally they contain the following for each composition:
Opus no. or other identifying no.
Source of text for works with text
Date/place of composition (EZ: Entstehungzeit = date of origin)
Incipits of each mvt (including no. of measures)
Location of autograph mss
Location/description of 1st ed. and significant early eds., especially those published
During composer's lifetime
Citation for collected works (HHA: Hallische Händel-Ausgabe)
How to find them:
Thematic catalogs are assigned the subject heading: "Composer's Last name, First name"--
You can find a composer's thematic catalog efficiently using a subject
keyword search in our online catalog:
1. Choose keyword search option from the dropdown menu.
2. In the text box, type"s" to restrict your search to subject keywords.
3. After "s", type the composer's name and the word "thematic".
Example: s:schubert thematic
4. Click "Search".