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From: Eugene Hertz
>Hi all, I am new to reading discographies and was wondering if there are
certain discographical "standards"
>for notation and structure of an entry. For example a title entry such
>LA TRAVIATA (Giuseppe Verdi / Francesco M. Piave), II/ 5: Duetto (Germont)
"Pura siccome un angelo" <1>
>I can figure a few things out "La Traviata" is the title, Verdi wrote the
music, Piave wrote the (words?)
>what does II/5 mean and the rest? what does <1> mean?
Sadly, there are no standards, especially in classical-music references. "La
Traviata" is the title of
the work, and Verdi the composer, and I'd guess "Pura siccone un angelo" the
title of the individual
piece being recorded as it appears on the label. I don't know enough about
the classics to know
who Piave was (did they have separate composers and lyricists?). II/5 might
refer to Act and Scene...
or to the record in a set. No idea who/what is indicated by "Germont" or
In general, you have to look at the key for the specific book (or web site)
you are referring to!
>For an Artist entry:
>Premier (mV4) [John H. Bieling (T), Billy Murray (T), Steve C. Porter
(Bar), William F. Hooley (Bs)], (O)
A little easier...but only because I know a bit more about popular records!
"Premier (Quartet)" is the
name of the group; "mV4" probably indicates "Male," "Vocal" and 4 members
(i.e. a quartet). The four
names listed are the singers on that particular side...T/Bar/Bs their parts
in the group...and "(0)"
refers to something specific in that source.
>Any way, I didnt know if there was a book somewhere that detailed these
notations and if there are
>"generally accepted" standards for these notations, or if they are
completely at the diecretion of the
To my knowledge, there is no standardization of formats, field names/sizes,
abbreviations or anything
else in either discographies or record cataloguing. This is an area which
I've been suggesting ARSC
try to create even advisory guidelines for a decade or two...so far to no
avail. The closest we
have come to standardization is when a single discography becomes widely
used (i.e. the books by
Brian Rust) and its format becomes a de facto standard!
Steven C. Barr