I haven't seen anything yet that struck me as handling this situation (but quite possibly I've missed something):
In my library we have publications with these titles:
. Beethoven greatest hits
. Historische Aufnahmen
. Wilhelm Furtwängler
. WRR Classical 101.1 FM, 50th anniversary
. The Robert Shaw legacy (1956-1997)
. Discover the symphony
. The artistry of Philippe Herreweghe
. Joy! The great composers' hits for the 70's
All of them (and many more) contain, in whole or in part, the work (FRBR sense) we in the U.S. have been calling
Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827. Symphonies, no. 9, op. 125, D minor
The work is currently identified by a conjunction of the composer's name and a title formulated by recipe, but no publication is ever going to have exactly that title on the title page or the disc label or the title frame/title screen or any other imaginable source within the resource. Although all but one of my examples are in English, that is pure chance; resources containing this work might be in any language, but the notation will be readable even by a user who cannot read the title.
RDA allows for recording all the information in that string, but eventually it will not exist as a string constructed by the cataloger. Right now RDA does include rules for formulating such strings, but those are, as I understand it, an interim measure. Eventually, they will not exist. Nevertheless, Bibframe will need to give users a way to find all the resources that contain some particular "work" of this sort.
How does Bibframe accommodate such FRBR works and make them discoverable?
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University of North Texas
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