last updated Mon Aug-23-2004
Chief source
Chief source is the t.p. unless there is only a “list” t.p., in which case choose whichever of the list t.p., cover, or caption provides the fullest information. A cover must be printed on material different from the material on which the music is printed.
Title proper
If the title is generic, include medium of performance, opus number, key, etc. in the title proper. To make that determination, strip away statements of medium of performance, enumeration, key, and date of composition. If what remains is a type of composition (see http:⁄⁄⁄cataloging⁄music⁄types.htm), the title is generic. The addition of an adjectival modifier to a type of composition makes the title distinctive.
Statement of responsibility
Rule 1.1F14: Transcribe a statement of responsibility even if no person or body is named in that statement. Statements indicating an arrangement or version of the musical work are statements of responsibility because they imply the work of a person who has altered the musical content of the work for the publication. (e.g., vocal score, piano reduction, etc.)
Transcribe in the edition area only those statements that refer to the production history of the physical item. Statements such as “Edition for 2 pianos” indicate versions or arrangements of the original work; statements such as “Busoni edition” refer to the recording of elements of interpretation such as fingerings, bowings, pedal marks, phrasing, breath indications, etc. and should also be transcribed in 245 tag ‡c.
Statements including the name of the publisher or one of its subsidiaries, usually found in conjunction with a stock number (e.g., “Wilhelm-Hansen edition”, “Edition Breitkopf”) are publisher's numbers. (See RI 5.2B1.)
Musical presentation statement area (254 tag)
A word or phrase that appears in the chief source of information that indicates the physical format of the printed music, e.g., “Score”, “Parts”.
Publication dates rarely appear on scores, therefore copyright dates are usually transcribed in the imprint area. Copyright renewal dates are never recorded but they can be used to supply an estimated publication date.
Physical description
Order of notes is as follows:
Form of composition and medium of performance
Text (language of sung or spoken text in 546 tag); all other language notes in 500 tag
Source of title proper
Variations in title (246 tag)
Parallel titles and other title information (246 tag
Statements of responsibility
Edition and history
Publication, distribution, etc.
Duration of performance
Accompanying material
Series note
Dissertation note (502 tag)
Other formats
Contents (new MCD has lots of examples)
Publishers' numbers and plate numbers (028 tag or 500 tag)
Copy being described, library's holdings, and restrictions on use (UHM: put in MFHD)

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