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Ian,

If the composer had nothing to do with the creation of the libretto (that 
is, the textual work), then there isn't really a good reason to provide an 
access point for the composer alone.  There isn't really a relationship of 
the composer to the libretto as a work.

On the other hand, there is a clear relationship between the libretto as a 
textual work and the musical work, and that is where the relationship 
designator "libretto for (work)" comes into play.  Since the musical work 
is named by combining the AAP for the composer and the preferred title for 
the musical work, you end up with something like this, which expresses the 
relationship:

100   AAP for librettist, $e librettist.
245   Title of libretto / $c ...
700   $i Libretto for (work): $a AAP for composer. $t Title of musical 
work.

--Adam Schiff

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On Tue, 26 Aug 2014, Ian Fairclough wrote:

> Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:10:44 +0000
> From: Ian Fairclough <[log in to unmask]>
> Reply-To: Program for Cooperative Cataloging <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: MARC encoding of AAPs for a libretto
> 
> PCCLIST readers,
>
> Thanks to Andrea Cawelti for the reference to the Music Library Association document http://bcc.musiclibraryassoc.org/BCC-Historical/BCC2014/RDA%20Best%20Practices%20for%20Music%20Cataloging_v101.pdf
> and thanks also to Mark Ehlert, who also referred me to this document in an earlier exchange.
>
> Page 128 has an example headed "Separately published libretto".  It looks like the lyricist, rather than the librettist, was selected for main entry.  I suppose that is because the lyricist (who also happens to be the composer) is mentioned first in the statement of responsibility.  The first time I looked at this example, I saw that the person in field 100 is the composer.  But no subfield e composer is present.  I wondered whether a second field with the same heading, with |e composer, would be present (it would have to be tagged 700).  There's a 700 field for that heading with subfield i containing the relator term Libretto for (work).  But I don't understand that field, because the term libretto is also in parentheses following the title in subfield t.  (A libretto for a libretto? That's how it reads to me.)
>
> I have over fifty librettos at my desk, all with drafts of new master records in a Connexion Client save file awaiting finalization.  The statements of responsibility, as transcribed from the title pages, vary widely in presentation.   One of them names over thirty people.
> - Ian
>
> Ian Fairclough
> Cataloging and Metadata Services Librarian
> George Mason University
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