Short help for the query forms

Simple search

The "Simple search" leads to detailed information regarding manuscripts and early prints with works by the Bach family.
Input:
  • a number of a catalogue raisonné (BWV 248, BC D 7, Wq 21, H 772 or BR-CPEB E4)
  • a title / title detail with an asterisk (Weihnachts-Oratorium or Weihn*, Magnificat or Magn*)
You will obtain better results using single quotes ('BWV 15'). Without single quotes you will find not only BWV 15 but also sources with BWV 152, BWV 153, BWV Anh. 15, Wq 15 and H 15 etc. The same applies for the search for titles ('Praeludium c-Moll'). (A search facility for titles translated into languages other than German or Latin is not yet available. We are working toward the provision of this.)
Refining the search by ticking the checkboxes:
  • "with digital image" (i.e. you will only find already digitized manuscripts/original prints with works by the Bach family)
  • "Original source" (i.e. you will only find autograph sources, original performance material and original prints with works by the Bach family)
  • "J. S. Bach" (i.e. you will only find sources with works by J. S. Bach)
If you wish to look only for digitised original sources by J. S. Bach, please tick all three boxes.
In the section you can look inter alia for the catalogues raisonné or the sources (with works by the Bach family) and apply multiple criteria on your search.

In the data model "Sources"

  1. Look for the library shelfmark of the source:

    Please enter the shelfmark of the source you are looking for. You can also search for parts of the shelfmark. Those could be e.g.:
    • international country codes (by RISM)
    • international standardized abbreviations for libraries (by RISM)
    • letters and numbers that are part of the shelfmark
    Example: Are you looking for a specific source (a manuscript or an original print)?
             Please, enter the shelfmark or an incisive part of the shelfmark,
             e.g. "P 16" (for D B Mus. ms. Bach P 16) or "Go. S. 19" (for D LEb Go. S. 19)!
  2. Catalogue raisonné

    Select the catalogue raisonné from the pulldown menu in which you want to search. In case that you do not know which catalogue raisonné is assigned to which composer you have the possibility to inform you under the menu item "Glossary" on the left side. You can also leave the field blank. Though, in that case you will obtain a result list with all the works with the catalogue number you have entered in field no. 4, without regard to the composer and catalogue raisonné.
    1. Number of the catalogue raisonné

      Enter here the number of the work which is assigned to the relevant catalogue raisonné. In case that you do not know any number of the catalogue raisonné, leave the field empty. In that case you will obtain a result list with all the works with the catalogue number of the catalogue raisonné you have entered in field no. 4.
    2. BWV-No.

      Enter here the number of the work which is assigned to this Bach's catalogue raisonné. In case that you do not know any number the BWV, leave the field empty. In that case you will obtain a result list with all the works of the Bach's catalogue raisonné.
  3. Title of the work

    Enter the title (or parts of the title) of the work which you are looking for.
  4. Foreign works

    Here it is possible to perform a search for works of other composers which are handed down together with works by J. S. Bach, e.g. those by J. G. Walther or J. L. Krebs.
  5. Incerta

    If you are looking for sources on works that are occasionally attributed to Bach, please enter "deest", "Kast" or "Emans" in order to get a list of incerta-works. They are based on following works
    • deest (BC ...) = evidence in the Bach-Compendium
    • deest (KB ...) = evidence in a critical report of the NBA
    • deest (Emans ...) = evidence in: Johann Sebastian Bach, Orgelchoräle zweifelhafter Echtheit. Thematischer Katalog, zusammengestellt von Reinmar Emans, Göttingen 1997
    • deest (Kast: Bach-Inc. ...) = evidence in: Paul Kast, Die Bach-Handschriften der Berliner Staatsbibliothek, Trossingen 1958 (=Tübinger Bach-Studien, 2/3), pp. 120-121
    • deest (Kast-Inc. ...) = evidence ibid., pp. 130-132.

  6. Type of source 1

    Here, the emphasis has been placed on the type of the source: In the category "type of source 1" different forms of storage of manuscripts are discerned. Those are: "Individual manuscript" (constituting one work), "Individual manuscript in a composite (Konvolut)" (containing one work joined later with, composite "Konvolut" ( later compilation of sources), "Collected manuscript" (containing deliberately various works), and "Collected manuscript in compilation" (a later compilation of manuscripts. Chooses the type of the source you are looking for from the pulldown menu.
  7. Type of source 2

    Here, the emphasis has been placed on the type of the source: In the "type of source 2" different forms of contents of manuscripts and prints are discerned. Is it a score, a piano reduction (a reduction of a larger orchestra to a piano playing) or performance parts for the musicians? Sometimes scores and performance parts are handed down together. Choose from the pulldown menu an appropriate type of source you are looking for.
  8. Production period

    If you want only to look for sources that were created in a specific period (e.g. in the beginning of the 18th century), please choose from this pulldown menu.
  9. Scribe

    Choose from the pulldown menu a name or an anonymous copyist who is marked by a grammalogue. Former anonymous scribes identified by now are listed by their name, the former designations of this scribe are mentioned following all the important nomenclatures (see menu item "Literature" on the left side). Example: Kuhnau, Johann Andreas = Hauptkopist A; Gerlach, Carl Gotthelf = Anon. J. S. Bach XVII (Blechschmidt) = Anon. 417 (Kast)
  10. Handwriting sample/Digital reproduction

    Choose from the pulldown menu ("yes/no"), if you want to look for a source whose scribe(s) has an image of his/their handwriting sample in the database. This search is recommended to perform together with the name of the scribe; by this way it is possible to find a handwriting sample of, e.g., Johann Samuel Endler.
  11. Autograph parts

    Choose from the pulldown menu ("yes/no"), if you want to look for a source that was wholly or partially written by the composer himself.
  12. WM - Image

    Choose from the pulldown menu ("yes/no"), if you want to look for a source whose watermark has an image in the database.
  13. WM - Description

    Please enter in this field a characteristic feature of the watermark of the source you are looking for, e.g. "Wilder Mann", "Baum-Ast". If known, you can enter the Weiß-numbers in case of Bach's autographs and Bach's original set of parts (Katalog der Wasserzeichen in Bachs Originalhandschriften von Wisso Weiß unter musikwissenschaftlicher Mitarbeit von Yoshitake Kobayashi, 2 volumes, Kassel and Leipzig 1985 = NBA IX/1)
  14. Master copy

    If you want to know whether transcripts of a specific manuscript exist, e.g. which of the preserved manuscripts was copied directly from an autograph, you can enter the signature (or a characteristic part of it) of the master copy.
  15. Provenance/Owner

    If you want to look for sources that were or are in the possession of specific institutions, libraries or persons, please specify the relevant name. Thus, it is possible to find out that e.g. the manuscript of the Kantate BWV 119 was temporarily owned by F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy.
  16. Free text search

    Please enter words or part of a word that should be searched through all fields. All entered terms are automatically connected by "AND". Please surround group of words with single quotes.
  17. MyCoRe ID

    The MyCoRe ID is a database's specific identification number that is given at the end of every work and source record. You can navigate directly to the record you are looking for (e.g. a record you need to retrieve repeatedly), by entering the relevant ID in this field of the search form.

In the datamodel "Works"

  1. Composer

    Choose the name of the composer whose works you are looking for from the pulldown menu.
  2. Catalogue raisonné

    Choose from the pulldown menu the catalogue raisonné in which you want to perform a search. In case that you do not know which catalogue raisonné is assigned to which composer you have the possibility to inform you under the menu item "Glossary" on the left side. You can also leave the field blank. Though, in that case you will obtain a result list with all the works with the catalogue number you have entered in field no. 4, without regard to the composer and catalogue raisonné.
  3. Number of the catalogue raisonné

    Enter the number of the work which is assigned to this work in the relevant catalogue raisonné. In case that you do not know the number of the catalogue raisonné, leave the field empty. In that case you will get to the records of all the works by the composer specified in field 1 (composer).
  4. Title of the work

    Enter the title (or parts of the title) of the work you are looking for.
  5. Vocal text

    Here it is possible to enter specific keywords or word orders (e.g. incipits). All vocal texts of cantatas and oratories will be searched for the requested keyword. Please put word orders (e.g. 'starker König') between simple quotes because otherwise the search will look for 'starker' and 'König' separately.
  6. Genre

    Choose from the pulldown menu the genre to which the work you are looking for is attributed or choose the genre for which you are looking in general. In the latter case leave the other search fields empty.
  7. Purpose

    Enter in this field the liturgical / secular purpose of the vocal work you are looking for. Choose from the pulldown menu the relevant term for the Sundays and church feasts of the liturgical year as well as for other composition reasons.
  8. Production period

    If you are looking for works that originate in a specific year or a specific stage of life of J. S. Bach's (e.g. the years in Weimar) you can limit your search with the help of the pulldown menu.
  9. Instrumentation/Combination of instrumentation

    Choose from the pulldown menu the instruments and / or vocal parts which are contained in the instrumentation of the work(s) you are looking for. You can combine up to three entries. If you are looking for, e.g. a work with 3 trumpets, 2 transverse flutes and a soloist alto choose "Tromba 3", "Flauto traverso 2" and "A solo 1".
  10. Search "Textauthor"

    From the pulldown menu you can choose a famous textauthor of the madrigalistic parts of the vocal works and obtain a list of the included works concerning texts by the chosen poet.
  11. Search "Free text search"

    Please enter words or parts of a word that are to be looked for in all search fields. All entered terms are automatically combined by "AND". Word groups are to be set between single quotes.
  12. MyCoReID

    The MyCoRe ID is a database's specific identification number that is given at the end of every work and source record. You can navigate directly to the record you are looking for (e.g. a record you need to retrieve repeatedly), by entering the relevant ID in this field of the search form.

In the datamodel "Watermarks"

  1. Classification of watermarks (2 input fields with a classification)

    Please choose from the pulldown menu the type of the watermark or the characteristic element of the watermark (e.g. "unicorn", "lily", "mongram") you are looking for. It is also possible to perform a search on a combination of two characteristic elements (e.g. "wild man" + letter), if you choose from both of the pulldown menus a relevant term. In the case of autographs of Bach's you can also enter the relevant Weiß number.
  2. Free text search

    Please enter words or parts of a word that are to be looked for in all search fields. All entered terms are automatically combined by "AND". Word groups are to be set between single quotes.
  3. MyCoRe ID

    The MyCoRe ID is a database's specific identification number that is given at the end of every work and source record. You can navigate directly to the record you are looking for (e.g. a record you need to retrieve repeatedly), by entering the relevant ID in this field of the search form.

In the datamodel "Handwriting sample"

  1. Search "Name of the scribe"

    Choose from the pulldown menu a name or an anonymous copyist who is marked by a grammalogue. Former anonymous scribes identified by now are listed ba their name, the former designations of this scribe are mentioned following all the important nomenclatures (see menu item "Literature" on the left side).

    Kuhnau, Johann Andreas = Main copyist A

    Gerlach, Carl Gotthelf = Anon. J. S. Bach XVII (Blechschmidt) = Anon. 417 (Kast)

  2. Search "Free text search"

    Please enter words or parts of a word that are to be looked for in all search fields. All entered terms are automatically combined by "AND". Word groups are to be set between single quotes.
  3. MyCoRe ID

    The MyCoRe ID is a database's specific identification number that is given at the end of every work and source record. You can navigate directly to the record you are looking for (e.g. a record you need to retrieve repeatedly), by entering the relevant ID in this field of the search form.