Music Cataloging at Yale Music Subject Cataloging

Those darn chorus subject headings!

When to add the number of parts and the subdivision v Scores to chorus subject headings

See also Music subject headings for vocal music: Works for two or more voices, two or more to a part
Subject headings for choruses vs. cantatas and for songs vs. solo cantatas

NOTE: It is practice in the Yale Music Library to not add the number of voices to any chorus subject heading.
For more information, see Local practice in 6XX fields.

Number of voices: Accompaniment:

Indicate number of parts?

Add subdivision v Scores?

8 or fewer ° unaccompanied
  OR
the accompaniment is:
° not indicated;
° for continuo;
° for solo instrument;
° for two of the same keyboard* instrument,

YES


(see Local practice in 6XX fields for
Yale Music Library practice)

NO

8 or fewer ° two or more instruments
(other than continuo or two of the same* keyboard instrument)

NO

YES

9 or more ° unaccompanied
  OR
the accompaniment is:
° not indicated;
° for continuo;
° for solo instrument;
° for two of the same keyboard* instrument,



NO


NO

9 or more ° two or more instruments
(other than continuo or two of the same* keyboard instrument)

NO

YES

Please note: the red arrows () indicate corrections. Thanks to Beth Flood at Harvard and Lisa M. Bona at the University of Pittsburgh for bringing the errors to my attention.
* No. 5) in the 680 field in the subject authority record for "Choruses" (sh 85024772) was changed from "for 2 keyboard instruments" to "2 of the same keyboard instrument" as per the Library of Congress subject headings weekly list 41 (October 8, 2008)


Examples
Incorrect
Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices, 4 parts) with piano v Scores.
Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices, 4 parts) with instrumental ensemble.

Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices, 16 parts), Unaccompanied.
Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices, 4 parts) with piano, Arranged.
Correct
Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices, 4 parts) with piano
Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices) with instrumental ensemble
     [add the subdivision v Scores when appropriate.]
Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices), Unaccompanied.
Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices, 4 parts) with piano.


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