The Munich Digitisation Centre in cooperation with the music department of the Bavarian State Library has added the first edition of the works of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy to its digital collections on the occasion of Mendelssohn’s 200th birthday on February 03, 2009. Our collection of historical editions of the work of famous composers is being continued after a Händel- and a Liszt-edition with Mendelssohn’s work as edited by Breitkopf & Härtel in 157 volumes.
This edition is divided into 19 series (work groups) and was compiled by the musician and friend of Mendelssohn Julius Rietz (1812-1877) during 1874-1877. It includes around 5900 pages and contains all known works of Mendelssohn at that time. Some early works and alternative versions have only been discovered decades later and are not contained in Rietz’ edition. Nevertheless, the work of this great German composer is represented here in its vast spectrum, including the symphonic work, the chamber music, oratories, operas, music for spectacles, sacred music, and Lieder.
The digitised Mendelssohn-edition can also be found on the ViFaMusik web pages (www.vifamusik.de) where a lot of sheet music and books on music from the music department of the Bavarian State Library are presented.
Link to the digitisations within the ViFaMusik:
Bavarian State Library
Digital Library Department
email: juergen.diet [at] bsb-muenchen.de