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Comp:  Form of Composition

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REC, SCO: 008/18-19; 006/01-02

Input Standards

REC, SCO: Optional. Two-character code. Default: uu

Definition

 
REC, SCO, 006

The form of composition of printed and manuscript music and musical sound recordings. The form of composition code is based on the terminology in the work itself and provides a coded approach to the content of the work. In addition to codes for forms, the list also includes codes for musical genres (e.g., Ragtime music). The codes are based on subject access points, genre/form terms, titles, preferred titles, or contents.

You may also use field 380 to record form of musical composition information in textual form.

Guidelines

Assign codes when they apply to the item as a whole (e.g., if the item is a symphony and one of the movements is in sonata form, only the code for symphonies is recorded). If more than one MARC Composition Code is appropriate, use the code mu (Multiple forms), with appropriate specific MARC Composition Codes given in field 047. Also use code mu when non-MARC codes are contained in field 047 and there is no appropriate specific MARC Composition Code to assign in Comp. When appropriate, you may assign a specific MARC Composition Code in Comp and a non-MARC code or codes in field 047.

Non-musical sound recordings do not have a form of composition and are coded nn (Not applicable).

Codes

 
 
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an

Anthems. Includes antiphons and magnificats.

 
bd

Ballads

 
bt

Ballets

 
bg

Bluegrass music

 
bl

Blues

 
cn

Canons and rounds. Compositions employing strict imitation throughout.

 
ct

Cantatas

 
cz

Canzonas. Instrumental music so designated.

 
cr

Carols

 
ca

Chaconnes

 
cs

Chance compositions

 
cp

Chansons, Polyphonic

 
cc

Chant, Christian

 
cb

Chants, Other

 
cl

Chorale preludes

 
ch

Chorales

 
cg

Concerti grossi

 
co

Concertos

 
cy

Country music

 
df

Dance forms. Includes music for individual dances, except Mazurkas (mz), Minuets (mi), Pavans (pv),Polonaises (po), Waltzes (wz), and other dance-related forms and genres that have separate codes.

 
dv

Divertimentos, serenades, cassations, divertissements, and notturni. Instrumental music so designated.

 
ft

Fantasias. Instrumental music so designated. Includes fancies, fantasies, etc.

 
fl

Flamenco. Generic term that refers to all the Flamenco styles, or palos, and to other forms of song and dance coming from the folkloric tradition of Spanish Romanies.

 
fm

Folk music. Includes folk songs.

 
fg

Fugues

 
gm

Gospel music

 
hy

Hymns

 
jz

Jazz

 
md

Madrigals

 
mr

Marches

 
ms

Masses

 
mz

Mazurkas

 
mi

Minuets

 
mo

Motets

 
mp

Motion picture music

 
mu

Multiple forms. Use if more than one code is appropriate and all appropriate specific codes are given in field 047. Use also to signify that field 047 contains non-MARC composition codes in cases when there is no appropriate specific MARC Composition Code to assign in Comp.

 
mc

Musical revues and comedies

 
nc

Nocturnes

 
nn

Not applicable. Not a musical sound recording.

 
op

Operas

 
or

Oratorios

 
ov

Overtures

 
pt

Part-songs

 
ps

Passacaglias. Includes all types of ostinato basses.

 
pm

Passion music

 
pv

Pavans

 
po

Polonaises

 
pp

Popular music

 
pr

Preludes

 
pg

Program music. Do not use for Symphonic poems (sp).

 
rg

Ragtime music

 
rq

Requiems

 
rp

Rhapsodies

 
ri

Ricercars

 
rc

Rock music

 
rd

Rondos. Includes instrumental rondeaux.

 
sn

Sonatas

 
sg

Songs

 
sd

Square dance music

 
st

Studies and exercises. Includes works intended for teaching purposes, often entitled studies, etudes, etc.; do not use for concert etudes.

 
su

Suites

 
sp

Symphonic poems

 
sy

Symphonies

 
tl

Teatro lirico. Used for a large number of more specific terms which describe Spanish and Spanish American theatre music: tonadilla escénica, fiestas de música, sainetes líricos, entremeses cómico-lírico, etc.

 
tc

Toccatas. Instrumental music so designated.

 
ts

Trio-sonatas

 
uu

Unknown. Works whose form and genre are unstated or unknown or whose subject headings reflect only the medium of performance.

 
vi

Villancicos. Characteristic form of Spanish polyphony, religious or secular, from the 16th to 18th centuries. Religious villancicos were usually sung in important ceremonies (including Christmas, when these songs were sometimes called pastoradas).

 
vr

Variations

 
wz

Waltzes

 
za

Zarzuelas. Term applicable to all musical plays taking that name, from the fiestas de zarzuela of the 17th/18th-centuries to the so-called zarzuela moderna (modern zarzuela) from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century.

 
zz

Other forms not found on this list. None of the other defined codes are appropriate (e.g., incidental music, electronic music, etc.).

fill character

No attempt to code. If the fill character is used, both positions must be coded with the fill character.

Indexing

For information on material type indexing in various OCLC services, see Searching WorldCat Indexes, Material Type (includes links in Notes row to RDA terms and codes and Format or Document codes and values).

For information on material type names and codes (based mainly on the Leader, 006, 007, 008), see Searching WorldCat Indexes, Material Type Names and Codes.

This page last revised: October 30, 2014