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Anton Webern: A Guide to Primary and Secondary Resources at the Library of Congress

Published Music

The Music Division holds both recent and early editions of Webern's music. Find them by searching in the Library of Congress Online Catalog using the Library of Congress Classification Schedule. The sections on this page highlight published scores of Webern's music that offer research interest, including facsimiles and critical editions.

Published Scores

Webern’s body of musical output consists primarily of songs and chamber music in a variety of instrumental combinations. Most of the compositions with opus numbers (op. 1–31) were printed during his lifetime by Universal Editions in Vienna. The Music Division's collections include scores for almost all of these compositions.

The Moldenhauer archives include first editions of several of Webern's works. Examples include the score for Fünf Sätze für Streichquartett, op. 5 that was used by Rudolph Ganz to conduct the work at the Salzburg festival premiere in 1922 (Box-Folder 59/4) and the first edition of the Passacaglia, op. 1 (Box-Folder 59/6).

Request and view published music scores in the Performing Arts Reading Room.


The Music Division holds several facsimile reproductions of Webern holograph manuscripts held by other institutions. The titles below link to fuller bibliographic information from the Library of Congress Online Catalog.

Critical Editions

Unlike his fellow composers associated with the Second Viennese School, Arnold Schoenberg and Alban Berg, Webern does not yet have a complete or nearly complete critical edition of his works.

Based at the Musicology Seminar of the University of Basel, the Anton Webern Gesamtausgabe is currently in progress. This critical edition plans to include not only all of Webern's published works but also their unpublished variants. It also will include compositions never made public in his lifetime, works from his youth and student years, as well as fragments, sketches, arrangements, and revisions of his and other scores. Both print and online editions will eventually be available.