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MRIs: AACR2 Rule Interpretations

Chapter 5: Music


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5.1C. Media terms

"Best Practices for Music Cataloging using RDA and MARC21."


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5.1C. Media terms


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5.1C. Optional addition. Media terms

5.1C1. Give the appropriate media terms as instructed in 1.1C.


Display media terms after title proper, or preceding all descriptive data in accord with International Bibliographic Description (ISBD) Area 0, or substitute icons based on MARC21 fixed fields.


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Second edition.

Deuxième édition du recueil noté.

6. udgave.



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[Third edition]

[Nouvelle édition augmenté des Lectures chantées, parue en 1968]


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Nolo mortem peccatoris /Thomas Morley ; edited by Sylvia Townsend.

Warner. – Revised edition / by John Morehen.

Piano concerto, A major, K. 414 / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. – Revised edition / foreword by Paul Badura-Skoda.


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[London, England?] : [s.n.], 1871 (Londonm England : Lord’s Press)


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1 score (xx, 55 pages)

1 manuscript score

[In AACR2, a score is multiple parts; in RDA any sheet of music except parts is a score. The SMD (unit name) "manuscript score" is not specifically alllowed.]


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1 score (vi, 27 pages)

1 score (2 volumes)

2 scores (20 pages each)

1 study score (3 volumes)

1 score (viii, 278 pages) + 24 parts

1 score (23 pages) + 1 piano conductor part 98 pages) + 16 parts

[RDA unit names for music:

choir book

chorus score

condense score (replacing close score)


piano conductor score

piano score


study score (replacing miniature score)

table score

violin conductor score

vocal score]

[RDA does not specifically allow other instrument score SMDs (unit names), e.g., "organ score", but they are recommended by this MRI.]


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Optionally, if media terms are used (see 1.1C1) and the terms indicate the tactile nature of the item, omit the addition

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1 score (2 volumes, braille)

1 volume of music (press braille)

1 score (30 pages, braille, thermoform)

or 1 score (30 pages, thermoform)

1 vocal score (xvii, 378 pages, large print)


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1 score (vi, 27 pages) : illustrations

1 score (23 pages) : portrait

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1 miniature score (34 pages) : illustrations, 18 cm

1 score (20 pages) + 1 part ; 28 cm

4 parts ; 25-27 cm

1 score (vi, 63 pages) ; 20 cm + 16 parts ; 32 cm

1 score (23 pages) : illustrations ; + 16 parts ; 28 cm


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1 score (32 pages) + 5 parts ; 26 cm + 1 sound disc

1 score (vii, 32 pages) ; 28 cm + 1 CD (56 min. : stereophonic ; 4 ¾ in.)

1 score (30 pages) + 4 parts ; 24 cm + 1 booklet (16 pages)


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Arranged for guitar


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French words, English translation on pages v-xxii.


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Arranged by Charles Graveney.

“Based on themes in the poems of Thomas Hardy”—title page verso.


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Reprinted from the 1712 edition.

Revised edition of: Complete organ works. London : Schott, 1958.

Facsimile reprint. Originally published: London, England : T. Walsh, [1734?]


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Three photographs of first performance in pocket inside each cover


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Precede the numbers by Publisher’s no.: or Plate no.: , as appropriate.

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Plate no.: S. & B. 4081

Plate no.: B. & H. 8797-8806

Plate no.: B. M. Co. 10162, 10261, 10311

( The complete set of numbers is: 6201, 6654, 7006, 7212, 7635, 7788, 8847, 9158, 9664, 9935)

Plate no.: 9674-9676 H.L.

Plate number: R10150E-R10155E

Reissued from Brandus plates. Plate no.: B. et Cie 4520



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ISBN 0-573-08042-9 (paperback)