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Cataloging and Classifying Scores

Scores are a special breed of monograph, and require their own special cataloging procedures.
Tags: Cataloging, Copy cataloging

Dewey number: In the Dewey manual for music, it states that the usual order of precedence in choosing a number is the executant (the voice or instrument that produces the music), the music form (sonata, cantata, etc.), general principles of music (harmony, etc.) and standard subdivisions. 

          Ex.: a sonata for piano with orchestra

                             786.2            = piano

786.21          = “add as instructed under 784-788”

                                           786.2183      = “add musical forms from 784.18-784.19” (sonata)

                   These can become quite complicated—read the manual carefully!

            Cutter number: Cutter for the composer. Add a work mark for the 240 field.  If there is an opus number or catalog number, add it after the Cutter number. Unless the work is a new one by a contemporary composer, add the date.


          Ex.: 100 1        Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, ‡d 1756-1791.

                  240 10     Zauberflöte. ‡s Vocal score. ‡l Italian & German

                  245  14     The magic flute / ‡c Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.


                                    Dewey:  781.2             = opera

                                                  Cutter:   M939z            = composer and uniform title

                                                   Date:    2004


          Ex.:  100 1        Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, ‡d 1756-1791.

                                  240 10     Symphonies, ‡n K. 551, ‡r C major; ‡o arr.

                                  245 10     Symphonie C-Dur : ‡b "Jupiter" : Nr. 41, KV 551 / c W.A. Mozart


                                                   Dewey:         784.184          = symphonies

                                                   Cutter:            M939s            = composer and uniform title

                                                                          K551                = Mozart’s catalog number

                                                   Date:              1997


                        Ex.:  100 1     Dvořák, Antonín, ‡d 1841-1904.

                                 240 10   Symphonies, ‡n no. 9, op. 95, ‡r E minor. ‡p Largo. ‡k Selections; ‡o arr.

                                 245 10   Goin' home : ‡b from the New World symphony, op.95 / ‡c by Antonín Dvořák.


                                                     Dewey:                      784.184          = symphonies          

                                                     Cutter:                       D988s             = composer and uniform title

                                                                                       op. 95              = opus number

                                                      Date:                         1999

                        Note: use the opus number, not the symphony number (no. 9)!


            The opus number will appear either in the 240 field or the 245 field, usually both. If there is a conflict between the 240 and the 245 field, the 240 field should be correct. If it appears in the 245 field but not in the 240, add it to the call number as usual. Do not add to the 240, since not all uniform titles will carry an opus number.  If there is more than one opus number, choose the first if there are three (3) or fewer; if there are more than three, choose none of them.

See below:

Bibliographic record with 240 & 245—opus number in 245


Authority record for work above—no opus number in 100 field but present in 400 field—use op.35 in call number