Music Cataloging at Yale AACR2

Chief source of information for

scores and sound recordings

Information taken from sources other than those prescribed for a particular area of the bibliographic record is to be enclosed in square brackets.


Chief source of information for scores

Chief source of information = title page.

° The chief source of information for printed monographs (including scores) is the title page.
° If there is a title page you must use it.
° If the title page is a "list title page," use either the list title page, cover, or caption as the chief source, whichever provides the most information.
° If there is no title page or without a title page applying to the whole work, use the title page or title page substitute as the chief source of information.
° Use the part of the item supplying the most complete information (excluding a separate book jacket) in this order of preference:
° caption
° cover 1, 2
° colophon
° other preliminaries
° other sources
° Specify the part used as a title page substitute in a note (see 2.7B3).
° If no part of the item supplies data that can be used as the basis of the description, take the necessary information from any available source.
° If the information traditionally given on the title page is given on facing pages or on pages on successive leaves, with or without repetition, treat those pages as the title page.

1 Unless the "cover" is made of a thicker, thinner or different color paper than that on which the music is printed, consider it to be the title page. MCB v. 16, no. 11, p. 5.
Richard Smiraglia in Describing Music Materials, 1997, p. 2: "... decorative title pages are not the same as covers. ... A colorful title page is not necessarily a cover."

2 Q.Is the clear cover on a spiral-bound score the cover? Title page?
A."Keeping in the spirit of LCRI 6.0B1 for sound recordings ("For compact discs and cassettes, consider information which can be read through the closed container (including information on the front cover of a booklet inserted in the container) to be on the container"), a "cover" read through a clear plastic cover is still a cover." Jay Weitz, MLA-L, 7/5/2012

MARC tag
for this area
From what part of the score
is information for this field transcribed?
(Information taken from other sources is bracketed)
OK to use abbreviations in this area?
245
including title and statement of responsibility
Chief source of information: title page. Only under these circumstances:
° When the abbreviation appears on the item;
° When you are using "i.e.," "et al." or their equivalents in nonroman scripts.
250 Chief source of information, caption, cover, colophon, other preliminaries. a: Yes. See AACR2 abbreviations
b: Only under these circumstances:
° When the abbreviation appears on the item;
° When you are using "i.e.," "et al." or their equivalents in nonroman scripts.
254 Chief source of information. If the musical presentation statement appears elsewhere, but not on the chief source, do not add the 254 field. Yes. See AACR2 abbreviations
260 Chief source of information, caption, cover, colophon, other preliminaries, first page of music Yes. See AACR2 abbreviations
300 any source Yes. See AACR2 abbreviations
4XX Series title page, caption, cover, title page, colophon, other preliminaries Only under these circumstances:
° When the abbreviation appears on the item;
° When you are using "i.e.," "et al." or their equivalents in nonroman scripts.
5XX any source Yes. See AACR2 abbreviations
505 ? Only under these circumstances:
° When the abbreviation appears on the item;
° when you are using "i.e.," "et al." or their equivalents in nonroman scripts.


Chief source of information for sound recordings

type of recording chief source
disc disc and label 2    3
reel-to-reel tape reel and label 2
tape cassette cassette and label 2

2The "label" is defined as permanently affixed paper, plastic, or other material. If there are labels on two or more sides, treat all as a single source.
3For CDs, which have no label per se, consider the information appearing on the disc itself to be the label. Consider any information on the insert that can be seen through a closed cassette case or jewel case to be on the container.


When the label lacks a collective title but one is found on the container or accompanying material, use either of these sources as the chief source and indicate that in a note.

Lacking a label, use the following sources in this order of preference:
   ° accompanying material
   ° container (sleeve, jewel box, etc.)
   ° other sources

When a source other than the chief source (disc or label for discs or cassette or label for cassettes) is used as the chief source, indicate that in a note.

MARC tag
for this area
From what part of the recording
is information for this field transcribed?
(Information taken from other sources is bracketed)
OK to use abbreviations in this area?
245
including title and statement of responsibility
chief source Only under these circumstances:
° When the abbreviation appears on the item;
° when you are using "i.e.," "et al." or their equivalents in nonroman scripts.
250 chief source, accompanying material, container a:Yes. See AACR2 abbreviations
b: Only under these circumstances:
° When the abbreviation appears on the item;
° when you are using "i.e.," "et al." or their equivalents in nonroman scripts.
260 chief source, accompanying material, container Yes. See AACR2 abbreviations
300 any source Yes. See AACR2 abbreviations
4XX chief source, accompanying material, container Only under these circumstances:
° When the abbreviation appears on the item;
° when you are using "i.e.," "et al." or their equivalents in nonroman scripts.
5XX any source Yes. See AACR2 abbreviations
505 ? Only under these circumstances:
° When the abbreviation appears on the item;
° when you are using "i.e.," "et al." or their equivalents in nonroman scripts.


Comments to Mickey Koth Yale University Music Library
©Yale University Library Last revised July 17, 2012.