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

Beethoven Literature

The Music Division's collections include a great deal of scholarship and literature on Beethoven and related subjects. The sections on this page highlight the materials available for use both on-site in the Performing Arts Reading Room and elsewhere.

Books about Beethoven are usually classified under ML, Music Literature, in the Library of Congress Classification Schedule. Find them by searching the Library of Congress Online Catalog.

Print Scholarship Sponsored by the Music Division

The Music Division has supported scholarship on Beethoven. Much of this research has been shared and made available on the Library's website. These materials include short articles in the Digital Collection of the Moldenhauer Archives, focused on manuscripts held by the Music Division:

See the "Lectures, Interviews, & Concerts" page of this research guide for recordings of additional scholarship on Beethoven presented by the Music Division.

19th-Century Books on Beethoven

Biographical interest in Beethoven and his music sparked soon after his death in 1827. These books are usually classified under ML, Music Literature, in the Library of Congress Classification Schedule. The following titles are some of the earliest biographies of his life and link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Several of these titles have also been scanned and are available online through HathiTrust. Links to additional online content are included when available.

Bibliographic Sources for Beethoven

Bibliographic interest in documenting primary resources in Beethoven research has continued to garner new insights, even in the twenty-first century. The following titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are included when available.

21st-Century Beethoven Scholarship

Beethoven scholarship continues to offer new insights into the composer and his works. The following titles offer a representative sample and link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are included when available.