Music cataloging exercises and answers Music Cataloging at Yale

Music cataloging exercises for LCSH (Library of Congress subject headings)

answers are here

exercise I: instrumental | vocal | exercise II: instrumental | vocal | exercise III (popular music subject headings)

Read (or merely peruse):
Headings and subdivisions for musical works by Geraldine Ostrove, CPSO (pdf)
Have ready to consult:
Subject headings for instrumental music
Subject headings for vocal music
The order of instruments in subject headings
Subject subdivisions and qualifiers for music subject headings
Coding for form and topic subdivisions

Subject headings exercise I: Subject headings for instrumental music

Determine what, if anything, is incorrect in the following subject headings.

1. Flute and piano music.

2. Piano and organ music.

3. Suites (Flute and piano) v Score and part.

4. Sonatas (Piano, bassoon, clarinet) v Scores.

5. Trio sonatas (Violins (2), continuo) x Parts.

6. Trios (Piano, violin, violoncello)

7. Sextets (Flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, violoncello)

8. Quintets (Horns (2), trombone, trumpets (2))

9. Quintets (Percussion, violin, viola)

10. String quartets (Violins (2), viola, violoncello)

11. String quartets (Violins (2), viola, double bass)

12. Flute, oboe, and violin music v Scores and parts.

13. Concertos (Bassoon with orchestra) v Scores.

14. Concertos (Flute and violin with string orchestra) v Solo with piano.

15. Septets (Piano, bassoons (2), horn, trumpets (2)) v Scores and parts.

16. Nonets (Clarinet, bassoon, flute, oboe, horn, violin, viola, violoncello, double bass), Arranged v Scores.

17. Concertos (Flute and violin) v Scores.

18. Wind trios (Bassoon, clarinet, flute) v Scores and parts.

19. Symphonies (String orchestra)

20. Overtures (Orchestra) v Scores.

21. String quartets v Excerpts, Arranged.

22. Marches (Band), Arranged v Parts.

23. Piano music, pianos (2) v Scores.

24. Trios (Guitars (3)) v Scores.

25. Suites (Piano) v Scores.

26. Clarinet music.

27. Flute and clarinet music v Parts

28. Guitar music (Guitars (2)) v Scores.

Subject headings exercise I: Subject headings for instrumental music

1. Sacred vocal quartets with instrumental ensemble v Scores.

2. Songs, Sacred (Low voice) with organ.

3. Sacred choruses (Mixed voices (4)) with piano.

4. Vocal duets, Sacred, with piano.

5. Songs (Medium voice), Unaccompanied v Scores.

6. Choruses, Secular (Women's voices, 4 parts), unaccompanied.

7. Vocal trios with flute and violin v Scores.

8. Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices, 10 parts) with piano.

9. Cantatas, Secular (Mixed voices) with orchestra v Scores.

10. Vocal quartets with percussion ensemble.

11. Choruses, Sacred (Men's voices, 4 parts) with piano v Scores.

12. Songs (High voice), with harpsichord.

13. Choruses, Secular (Children's voices) with orchestra, Arranged v Scores.

14. Songs, Secular (Medium voice) with piano.

15. Cantatas, Sacred (Women's voices, 4 parts)

16. Songs (Soprano) with piano.

17. Nocturnes (Medium voice) with piano.

18. Songs (Low voice) with 2 pianos.

19. Sacred songs (Low voice) with orchestra v Scores.

20. Vocal quartets (Medium voices), Unaccompanied.

Subject headings exercise II: Subject headings for instrumental music

Assign subject headings for the following. When the work is of a specific type of composition, that is indicated in the question. Some questions may require two subject headings.

1. suite, snare drum

2. rondo, 2 pianos, 2 performers on each

3. sonata requiring 1 performer on 4 kettle drums

4. violin, viola, cello, string orchestra

5. clarinet, horn, and bassoon

6. fandango, clarinet choir

7. fugue, cembalo

8. prelude, two prepared pianos

9. violin, cello, piano

10. sonata, flute, oboe, clarinet

11. nocturne, flute, bassoon, percussion (2 performers), violin, viola, string bass

12. concerto, violin, chamber orchestra

13. bassoon, trumpet, trombone

14. variations, 2 violins, viola, cello

15. flute/piccolo, clarinet, violin, cello, piano

16. fantasia, prepared piano, ten players

17. sonata, 2 violins, continuo

18. cassation, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, marimba, violin, viola, cello, piano

Subject headings exercise II: Subject headings for instrumental music

1. soprano, bass clarinet

2. magnificat, soprano and alto soloists, SSAA, string orchestra

3. cantata, mezzo-soprano, choir (SATB), orchestra, on a text by e.e. cummings

4. narrator, solo percussion

5. sacred songs, choir (SSMzAATB), organ

6. tenor, violin, cello, piano

7. Contemporary Danish songs, tenor and chamber group

8. cantata on a poem by Whitman, mixed voices, orchestra

9. reciter, string quartet, piano

10. soprano and computer generated electronics

11. solo voices (SMzATB) and organ on a biblical text

12. choir (SSSAAATTTBBB), string orchestra, on a text from the Old Testament; string orchestra accompaniment arranged for organ

Subject headings exercise III: popular music subject headings

Chronological and geographic subdivisions for subject headings for jazz and popular music
Subject headings for vocal music: Qualifying by language of text || Arranged
Qualifying subject headings for vocal music (exceptions) and instrumental music (exceptions) by medium of performance

Search Orbis for subject heading authority records to assist in this exercise.

1. Popular music y 20th century

2. Bluegrass music y 1931-1940

3. Popular songs

4. Folk songs, American z Kentucky.

5. Popular music, Instrumental

6. Swing music

7. Folk songs (High voice) with guitar

8. Rock music z Israel y 1971-1980.

9. Blues (Music) y 1951-60

10. Popular music y 1921-1930 z Texas

11. Big band music z United States

12. Jazz vocals, English y 1971-1980.

13. Disco music z United States z California

14. Folk songs, Hebrew z Israel

15. Calypso (Music) y 1981-1990

16. Folk songs, Arranged.

17. Jazz z To 1921

18. Rock music y 1961-1980

19. Rags (Piano)

20. Blues (music)

21. Klezmer music

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