The library collection will often contain different editions of the same work.
- Historic editions
> For these, check the RISM, the online catalogue, or the paper catalogue.
- Facsimile editions (facsimile of manuscripts or older editions)
> Focus on searching the catalogue. There are a number of collections of facsimiles.
eg. New York Performer’s Facsimiles (B-Bc 89.580)
- The URTEXT editions
Urtext means "original text" and guarantees that this edition conforms with the original source.
- Critical editions
These are academic editions, accompanied with a critical text explaining the choices made by the editor.
- Complete works of the great composers.
In the library collection there are numerous collections of "Complete Works" of great composers, such as :
Johann Sebastian Bach, New Edition of the Complete Works, Bärenreiter (B-Bc XY-II-092); Franz Liszt, Neue Ausgabe sämtlicher Werke, Bärenreiter-EMB (B-Bc XY-I-075); Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Neue Ausgabe sämtlicher Werke, Bärenreiter (B-Bc XY-II-093)...