Why should I use K numbers and not opus numbers?

Opus numbers have been used inconsistently throughout history, they are assigned by composers to their compositions, they often are incomplete and only roughly indicate a chronological order. Moreover, in case of Strawinsky, the vast amount of variations and derivations of his works require an overall different system to organize a catalog. Several attempts have been made before Kirchmeyer came up with his annotated catalog that is now widely accepted, and K numbers provide a helpful shorthand to refer to Strawinsky’s works.

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Further Reading

weitere Online-Dokumente von Helmut Kirchmeyer

Das zeitgenössische Wagner-Bild, Siebter Band: Dokumente 1853

aus: Situationsgeschichte der Musikkritik und des musikalischen Pressewesens in Deutschland dargestellt vom Ausgange des 18. bis zum Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts

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