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This site is under construction and will be completed in the 4th quarter of 2020. It replaces the former catalog at www.kcatalog.org. To see all works and work editions, for now, please visit the Strawinksy catalog at the old location at www.kcatalog.org.



 


  • K Catalog

    K Catalog (Kirchmeyer Catalog) is a catalog of works and work editions of Igor Strawinsky, available in German and English language. In addition to its directory of works, the K Catalog contains notes related to performances, biographical assignments, historical performances, and similar information.
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  • Why use K Catalog?

    The presented information help both the musicologist and the antiquarian to time editions and to estimate their value; they help the performing musician — for himself or his ensemble — to identify performance options of a work in advance; they help the librarian to properly expand their collection, and they help the music pedagogue and the general user to quickly and comprehensively familiarize themselves with the intellectual world of a particular work.
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English Catalog

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K Catalog is available in English language since its online publication in 2014.

Access the English K Catalog here

Deutscher Katalog

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Die erste Ausgabe des K Catalogs wurde 2002 in Deutschland veröffentlicht.

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Bilingual Catalog

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When in doubt about a specific term, we recommend to refer to the original German text.

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About K Catalog

K Catalog (also Kirchmeyer-Verzeichnis or KV) by musicologist and historian Helmut Kirchmeyer is a catalog of works and work editions of Igor Strawinsky. Originally started in the 50’s as an accompanying appendix for other research and works on Strawinsky by Kirchmeyer, the first edition of this catalog of works was published in Germany in 2002. The catalog has been updated ever since. It is abbreviated “K”.

In addition to its directory of works, the K Catalog contains notes related to performances including information about roles and playing times, editions with their sales result, short analyses, information on biographical assignments, and historical performances.

A number of libraries have adapted to the K Catalog numbers, among them the Paul Sacher Archive and Research Center for the Music of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries in Basel.

All texts of the K Catalog by Helmut Kirchmeyer have been revised and updated by the author. To different degrees, six translators (Julian Black, Lesley Bollinger, Angelika Kirchmeyer, Ursula Schickling, Stewart Spencer, Monika Stark) and two revisers were involved in the translation. The original cover art for the German book has been created by the German artist and painter Emil Schult.

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Translation and Translators

Kirchmeyer avoids terms of contemporary fashion language, politically motivated expressions, abbreviations and foreign words. And although the author writes fluently, and even in dry and difficult to understand areas sometimes exciting (in Swiss-German speaking countries his command of the German language has repeatedly been praised) his tendency of nominalization of verbs and adjectives, his very long sentences, his mixture of technical terms and nuanced expressions create obstacles for the translators independently from the underlying already complicated subject matter and the comprehensive analyses of works.

We kindly ask you to accept our apologies if the translations of some paragraphs do not exactly match their German counterparts. Given the nature and structure of the English language, it was necessary for the translators (Julian Black, Lesley Bollinger, Angelika Kirchmeyer, Ursula Schickling, Stewart Spencer, Monika Stark) and revisers to change the flow of the text, and to cut and rephrase sentences and content in the English version of this catalog. Their style is reflected in their translations and editorial reviews and thus there is a certain lack of consistency throughout the translation. However, since every chapter is a self-contained unit this should not affect working with this catalog. In case of ambiguities over terminology please refer to the German original text. Thank you!

How to use K Catalog

K Catalog searches for a methodologically new way to represent a historically and philosophically significant artist and his work by connecting biographical, analytical, historical, performance practical and subject bibliographical investigations as a method of a merged documentation and interpretation of works.

All chapters contain:

  • Title of the composition in several languages
  • Interpretation of the title
  • Original instrumentation
  • Further comments such as descriptions of roles, summary of content, text sources, history of translation, construction and structure of the piece, style, dedication, duration, date of origin, first performance, time-context and remarks, dramaturgical and choreographic information, significance, versions, and known editions and sales.
  • Every chapter also contains a bibliographical part with information about errata, autograph scores, historic recordings as well as an overview about editions and a list of their characteristics.

The information presented in Helmut Kirchmeyer’s annotated Strawinsky catalog help both the musicologist and the antiquarian to time editions and to estimate their value; they help the performing musician — for himself or his ensemble — to identify performance options of a work in advance; they help the librarian to properly expand their collection, and they help the music pedagogue and the general user to quickly and comprehensively familiarize themselves with the intellectual world of a particular work.

K-Catalog is an ongoing project that consists of approximately 150 chapters. Already published chapters might be modified or updated from time to time. In the K Index file as well as on the bottom of each chapter, you can see the latest modification date for each article, so you can be sure to always have the current version.

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Further Reading

We intend to publish other documents and works by Helmut Kirchmeyer in the near future and will list them here. If you wish to be alerted, please use our contact form and send us a message. Thanks!


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