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254  Musical Presentation Statement (NR)

Record Type


Input Standards

Field (Full/Minimal)
Required if applicable/Required if applicable
1st Indicator  Undefined
blank character Undefined
2nd Indicator  Undefined
blank character Undefined
Subfields (R=Repeatable  NR=Nonrepeatable) Input Standards (Full/Minimal)
ǂa Musical presentation statement (NR) Mandatory/Mandatory
ǂ6 Linkage (NR) System supplied/System supplied
ǂ8 Field link and sequence number (R) Optional/Optional


In AACR2 cataloging, field 254 was used for the musical presentation statement for printed or manuscript music. Transcribe the statement from the item. The statement describes the particular format of the edition in hand, which may differ from the format of another edition of the same work (e.g., a string quartet published as a full score, study score, score and parts, or a set of parts). Use for statements that indicate the physical presentation of the music (e.g., score and parts, study score, or miniature score). However, treat statements that indicate an arrangement or edition of a musical work (e.g., vocal score, version with orchestra accompaniment, Klavierauszug) as subsequent statements of responsibility (field 245 subfield ǂc), regardless of whether a name appears in conjunction with the statement.

Do not use field 254 for sound recordings.

In RDA cataloging, use field 250 for musical presentation statements, which are now considered to be edition statements. Prefer the use of field 250 for all new cataloging. See the score cataloging guidelines in field 250 for additional information.

For information on punctuation, see the Punctuation section below.

1st Indicator

Undefined. The 1st indicator position is undefined and contains a blank.

blank character


2nd Indicator

Undefined. The 2nd indicator position is undefined and contains a blank.

blank character



ǂa Musical presentation statement

The entire musical presentation statement.

254     Study score
254     Miniature score
ǂ6 Linkage

Data that link fields when non-Latin script is entered. This subfield is system supplied and does not appear in OCLC online displays. Do not manually add subfield ǂ6. For more information about subfield ǂ6, see Control Subfields.

ǂ8 Field link and sequence number

For information about subfield ǂ8, see Control Subfields.


For records containing ISBD punctuation, follow these instructions:

  • Precede any parallel statement within a subfield by a space-equals-space
  • Enclose any text within brackets as required by cataloging instructions
  • Include incidental punctuation needed within any subfields, e.g., commas, periods (following abbreviations or initials), etc.
  • Optionally, add a terminal period at the end of the field unless the last subfield ends with an ellipsis or period (following an abbreviation or initial)
254     Játszópartitúra = Playing score.

For records containing non-ISBD punctuation, see the cataloging instructions used to create the record.

For records containing minimal or no punctuation, include brackets and incidental punctuation needed within any subfields. Otherwise, omit the punctuation outlined above.

254     Játszópartitúra = Playing score

For more information on punctuation, including OCLC policy, see section 2.8, Punctuation.


Field 254 is not indexed.


For more information, including content designator history, see MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data, field 254.

This page last revised: December 28, 2020