Classifying Librettos and Collections of Lyrics

Cataloguing Librettos and Collections of Lyrics

Librettos and lyrics are the texts of musical works. These items do not contain any musical notation and therefore are not classified as “M” as this class is reserved for scores and items with musical notation. Please see the document ” Items that are Scores” to assist with determining if the item is a score. A good place to look is at the record type. Record type “a” indicates the item is non-musical, record type “c” indicates it is a score. Please bring all scores to Stacy Allison-Cassin.

If the item is textual it is classed as a monograph . If you have any questions about where to class an item please see Stacy Allison-Cassin.

Librettos

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  • Librettos are the texts or dialogue of musical works such as operas, musicals and operettas. They do not contain any musical notation
  • Librettos are classfied as ML 50.
  • If copy contains a M class number please change.
  • The first Cutter number is for the composer of the opera or musical work, not the author of the text
  • The second Cutter number is for the uniform title (the title in the 240)
  • The location is SCOTT
  • The item type is SCOTT-BOOK
  • For further detailed information on cataloguing librettos click here.
  • For examples of librettos in the catalogue click here.

Song Texts and Lyrics

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  • Lyrics are collections of texts of songs.
  • There is no musical notation or any references to tunes.
  • Lyrics are generally class in “P” as literature and the location depends on langauage and the country or origin.
  • The location is SCOTT
  • The item type is SCOTT-BOOK