Post by Bullwinkle
BMV is a cataloging system used in J.S. Bach's opuses. They list an
publication order from 1 to the final opus.
I don't know the exact breakdown of the abbreviation. I'm sure someone
will have the answer to that.
Erm, it's BWV not BMV. Bach Werke Verzeichnis aka Index of Bach's
Works. It was compiled by Wolfgang Schmieder in 1950. Compare the
Köchel Verzeichnis of Mozart's works (the "K Numbers").
The works are not actually listed in any particular order. Blocks
of BWV numbers were assigned arbitrarily to various categories:
Sacred and Secular Cantatas BWV 1 to 222
Large Choral works BWV 225 to 248
Chorales and sacred songs BWV 250 to 524
Organ works BWV 525 to 748
Other Keyboard works BWV 772 to 994
Lute music BWV 995 to 1000
Chamber music BWV 1001 to 1040
Orchestral music BWV 1040 to 1071
Canons and Contrapuntal works BWV 1072 to 1080
Recently discovered works BWV 1081 to 1120
(e.g. the Neumeister Sammlung of Chorale Preludes BWV 1090 to 1120,
including the previously-catalogued BWV 714, 719, 742, and 957).
Also there are three Anhänge or Appendices:
Fragmentary and Lost works Anhang 1 to 23
Doubtful works Anhang 24 to 155
Falsely Attributed works Anhang 156 to 189
Further details at
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