Music Cataloging at Yale Music Subject Cataloging

Coding for form and topic subdivisions in subject headings
for musical works and expressions and books about music

See also Subject subdivisions and qualifiers for music subject headings

See Guide to the usage of LCSH free-floating form subdivisions for a more complete list of subdivisions and their coding

Consult instruction sheet H 1160, Musical compositions: Pattern headings for musical compositions; includes guidelines for arranged works and subdivisions and list of free-floating subdivisions and form/topical subdivisions, in the Library of Congress' Subject Headings Manual.

The free-floating subdivisions listed here may be used as appropriate under headings for collections of music, individual musical works, and literature and other materials about music.

Use ‡v when the subdivision indicates what the item is, or the form of the item
Use ‡x when the subdivision indicates what the item is about, or the topic of the item

Subdivisions for musical compositions | Subdivisions for books about music

List of subdivisions arranged by ‡v and ‡x coding

subdivisions for musical compositions

Code as ‡v Code as ‡x
2-harpsichord scores
2-organ scores
2-piano scores
3-piano scores
Chorus scores with piano
Chorus scores without accompaniment
Excerpts, Arranged
Fake books
Hymns ‡v Texts
Instructive editions
Instrumental settings
Juvenile ‡x Instruction and study
‡v Lead sheets
‡v Librettos
Manuscripts ‡v Facsimiles
Methods ‡v Group instruction
Methods ‡v Juvenile
Methods ‡v Self-instruction
Methods (Jazz [(Rock, Bluegrass, etc.])
Musical settings
Orchestral excerpts
Organ scores
Parts (solo)
Piano scores
Piano scores (4 hands)
Scores and parts
Scores and parts (solo)
Simplified editions
Solo(s) with      
Songs and music
Stories, plots, etc
Studies and exercises
Studies and exercises ‡x Juvenile
Studies and exercises ‡x (Jazz, [Rock, Bluegrass, etc.])
Teaching pieces
Vocal scores with      
Vocal scores without accompaniment
Instruction and study

subdivisions for books about music

Code as ‡v Code as ‡x
Bibliography ‡v Graded lists
Early works to 1800
Interpretation (Phrasing, dynamics, etc.)
Stories, plots, etc.
Thematic catalogs
Analysis, appreciation
Discography ‡x Methodology
First performances
History and criticism
Literary themes, motives
Manuscripts ‡x Facsimiles
Production and direction
H1161 Subdivisions for specific musical instruments or groups of musical instruments.
This does not cover the subject heading "Musical instruments"
Code as ‡v Code as ‡x
Catalogs, Manufacturers'
Catalogs and collections
Chord diagrams
Methods ‡v Group instruction
Methods ‡v Juvenile
Methods ‡v Self-instruction
Orchestra studies
Studies and exercises
Studies and exercises ‡v Juvenile
Fingering ‡v Charts, diagrams, etc.
Instruction and study
Instruction and study ‡v Juvenile
Religious aspects

Early works to 1800:
This free-floating form subdivision is used for early texts on a subject, as the last element in the subject heading. It is tagged in ‡v (not ‡y), as it is a form/topical subdivision, not a chronological subdivision.

Assign the subdivision to all editions of a work, including editions issued after 1800, as long as the original text has not been altered or reworked. Also assign the subdivision for literal translations of such texts, regardless of the date of the translation.

Do not use this subdivision under headings for musical compositions. Also, do not confuse this subdivision with the obsolete "To 1800," which once was added to subject headings for musical compositions.

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