The following references identify the major catalogues of Beethoven's works.
- Nottebohm, Gustav. Thematisches Verzeichnis der im Druck erschienenen Werke von Ludwig van Beethoven. Leipzig, Breitkopf & Härtel, 1925. OCLC 4763103. Reprinted Wiesbaden: M. Sändig, 1969 OCLC 1828776.
—Historically important thematic catalogue, by a pioneering 19th Century Beethoven scholar.
—Full title in English: Thematic Catalogue of the Published Works of Ludwig van Beethoven.
- Kinsky, G. and H. Halm. Das Werk Beethovens: thematisch-bibliographisches Verzeichnis seiner sämtlichen vollendeten Kompositionen. München: G. Henle, 1955. OCLC 334667
—The standard thematic and bibliographical catalogue of Beethoven's works.
—Full title in English: Beethoven's Works: thematic and bibliographic catalogue of all his completed compositions by Georg Kinsky, completed and edited after the author's death by Hans Helm.
- Hess, Willy. Verzeichnis der nicht in der Gesamtausgabe veröffentlichen Werke Ludwig van Beethovens. Wiesbaden: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1957. OCLC 18406510
—Hess' original study and catalogue; still more widely available in libraries than Green's edition.
—Full title in English: Catalogue of works not found in the Collected Works of Ludwig van Beethoven.
- Green, James (ed. and trans). The new Hess catalog of Beethoven’s works. West Newbury, Vermont: Vance Brook, 2003. ISBN 0-9640570-3-4.
—An English translation of Willy Hess's important 1957 catalogue and study, updated to reflect more recent scholarship.
- Biamonti, Giovanni. Catologo cronologo e tematico delle opere di Beethoven. Torino: ILTE, 1968. OCLC 2028666
—Encompasses works with and without opus numbers, as well as sketches and fragments, in 849 chronologically arranged entries.
—Full title in English: Chronological and Thematic Catalogue of the works of Beethoven.
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