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254  Musical Presentation Statement (NR)

Input Standards

Required if applicable/Required if applicable
1st Indicator  Undefined
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2nd Indicator  Undefined
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Subfields (R=Repeatable  NR=Nonrepeatable) Input Standards
‡a Musical presentation statement (NR) Mandatory/Mandatory


The musical presentation statement for printed or manuscript music. Transcribe the statement from the item. The statement describes the particular format of the edition in hand, which may differ from the format of another edition of the same work (e.g., a string quartet published as a score, study score, score and parts, or a set of parts).

Use for statements that indicate the physical presentation of the music (e.g., score and parts, study score or miniature score). However, treat statements that indicate an arrangement or edition of a musical work (e.g., vocal score, version with orchestra accompaniment, Klavierauszug) as subsequent statements of responsibility (field 245 subfield ‡c), regardless of whether a name appears in conjunction with the statement.

Use field 254 only in records cataloged according to AACR2 and RDA.

1st Indicator

Undefined. The 1st indicator position is undefined and contains a blank (blank character).

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2nd Indicator

Undefined. The 2nd indicator position is undefined and contains a blank (blank character).

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‡a Musical presentation statement

The entire musical presentation statement.

254     Study score.
254     Miniature score.


Field 254 prints in the title paragraph following the title (field 245) or edition statement (field 250). Field 254 prints exactly as entered, including punctuation. The print program supplies a space-dash-space ( -- ) between information in field 254 and the fields that precede and follow it. For more information, see OCLC Catalog Cards: