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The complete holdings of printed music, book about music, music periodicals and of music CDs can be researched in the BSB catalogue ( OPACplus).
In 1999 and 2001 the "Katalog der Notendrucke, Musikbücher und Musikzeitschriften" (Catalogue of Printed Music, Music Books and Music Periodicals) was published on CD-ROM
  • all printed music published from 1501 to 2000
  • all books on music published from 1501 to 1840 and from 1982 to 2000
  • all music periodicals
The main advantage of the CD-ROM is that search terms can be combined in a multitude of ways, thereby allowing for more precise, in-depth information.
The music manuscripts are catalogued and indexed in three different types of catalogues:
  • Catalogue of the overall holdings:
    Alphabetic card catalogue of music manuscripts in the reading room of the Department of Music.
  • Academic special catalogues:
    Printed catalogues, published with the support of the German Research Foundation forming part of the series "Kataloge Bayerischer Musiksammlungen" (Catalogues of Bavarian Music Collections):
    Vol. 5,1: Chorbücher und Handschriften in chorbuchartiger Notierung (1989) (Choir books and manuscripts in choir-book notation).
    Vol. 5,2: Tabulaturen und Stimmbücher bis zur Mitte des 17. Jahrhunderts (1979) (Tabulatures and part books up to the middle of the 17th century).
    Vol. 5,3: Collectio musicalis Maximilianea (1981).
  •  Online Catalogue for the Historical Performance Materials of the Bavarian State Opera ( - also contained in the BSB catalogue (OPACplus).