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FMus:  Format of Music

Bytes

REC, SCO: 008/20; 006/03

Input Standards

REC: System supplied. One-character code. Default: n

SCO: Optional. One-character code. Default: u

Definition

 
REC, SCO, 006

The format of the music manuscript or printed music. Determine the format from information in the title (field 245), uniform title (field 240), or physical description (field 300). If the item being cataloged consists of one or more scores along with other materials (e.g., one or more parts), consider only the score or scores in coding this character position. Use for notated music; for sound recordings, use code n (Not applicable).

Codes

 
 
blank character

Information not supplied

 
a

Full score. Series of staves containing all the instrumental and/or vocal parts of a musical work, arranged so that they can be read simultaneously.

FMus     a
300     1 score (11 pages)
 
b

Full score, miniature or study size. The same types of scores described for code a, but with the size of notes and staves reduced and not usually intended to be used in performance.

FMus     b
300     1 study score
 
c

Accompaniment reduced for keyboard. Score with instrumental accompaniment reduced for keyboard(s). For chorus scores and vocal scores prefer codes h (Chorus score) and k (Vocal score).

FMus     c
300     1 score (36 pages) + 1 part
[Accompaniment reduced for keyboard]
 
d

Voice score with accompaniment omitted. Score for solo and/or choral voice(s) with the accompaniment omitted. Vocal works originally unaccompanied are assigned other codes as appropriate. For chorus scores and vocal scores, prefer codes h (Chorus score) and k (Vocal score).

FMus     d
300     1 vocal score
[Accompaniment omitted]
 
e

Condensed score or piano-conductor score. Orchestral or band music that has been reduced to a few staves. It may be part of an ensemble work for a particular instrument, with cues for other instruments. Such a score is used by an individual playing the instrument for which the score was written or for the conductor. Prefer code i (Condensed score) or code j (Performer-conductor part) if the two types of scores can be distinguished.

FMus     e
300     1 condensed score
 
g

Close score. Score (e.g., a hymnal) that has separate parts transcribed in condensed form. For current cataloging, prefer code e (Condensed score).

FMus     g
300     1 close score
[Pre-RDA]
 
h

Chorus score. A score of a work for solo voices and chorus showing only the parts for chorus, with the instrumental accompaniment either arranged for keyboard(s) or other chordal instrument(s) or omitted. Note: See code k (Vocal score) for scores that include solo voices as well as chorus parts.

FMus     h
300     1 chorus score
 
i

Condensed score. A score in which the number of staves is reduced to two or a few, generally organized by instrumental sections, and often with cues for individual parts. Used for: Reduced score, Short score.

FMus     i
300     1 condensed score
 
j

Performer-conductor part. Score reduced to a single instrument for which the score was written or for the conductor.

FMus     j
300     1 violin conductor part
 
k

Vocal score. Score showing all vocal parts, solo and/or choral, with the instrumental accompaniment either arranged for keyboard(s) or other chordal instrument(s) or omitted. Note: See code h (Chorus score) for scores of works for solo voices and chorus that include only chorus parts.

FMus     k
300     1 vocal score
 
m

Multiple score formats. Several types of scores issued together (e.g., band music with a full score and a condensed score).

FMus     m
300     1 score (23 pages) : ‡b illustrations ; ‡c 30 cm + ‡a 1 piano conductor part (8 pages)
 
n

Not applicable. REC. Not a music manuscript or printed music.

FMus     n
300     1 audio disc
 
u

Unknown

 
z

Other. A format of music for which none of the other codes are appropriate. Usually it signifies that the item is not a score. Piano music, compositions in graphic notation, and compositions that consist only of instructions for performance are examples in which code z is appropriate. Sets of parts are also assigned code z.

FMus     z
300     42 pages of music
[Pre-RDA hybrid]
FMus     z
300     4 parts
FMus     z
300     1 table book
FMus     z
546     ‡b Graphic notation.
fill character

No attempt to code.

Indexing

For information on material type indexing in various OCLC services, see Searching WorldCat Indexes, Material Type (includes links in Notes row to RDA terms and codes and Format or Document codes and values).

For information on material type names and codes (based mainly on the Leader, 006, 007, 008), see Searching WorldCat Indexes, Material Type Names and Codes.

This page last revised: October 28, 2013