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Recording key for musical works (RDA 6.17)

Key is the set of pitch relationships that establishes the tonal center, or principal tonal center, of a musical work.
Key is indicated by its pitch name and its mode, when it is major or minor.
( Sources of information
Take information on the key of a musical work from any source.
( Recording key

Record the key if one or more of the following conditions applies:
     ° it is commonly identified in reference sources
     ° it appears in the composer's original title or the title proper of the first manifestation
     ° it is apparent from the resource described (unless it is known to be transposed in the resource).

Best practices for music cataloging: If giving key as a component of an access point, routinely also give key in a 384 field. For other works, give key separately in a 384 field if readily ascertainable.

Best practices for music cataloging: Follow the same criteria for recording the mode ("major" or "minor") as for recording the pitch center; that is, if pitch center is given or apparent, but mode is not, record only the pitch center. Record the symbols # and rather than the words "sharp" and "flat."

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