This is a recurring problem in the NAF, where dates are added to a name even though there is no need to do so under current policies. That can cause unnecessary bib maintenance, but on the other hand, unqualified personal names can be a real pain in authority control as well.
The changes to Arnold seem to have been sparked when Arnold, M. ǂq (Malcolm) was established. It had a 400 which was creating a conflict. LC resolved that conflict in the standard way by adding an occupation, so now the composer doesn’t need the dates in the heading.
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The 100 field heading for Malcolm Arnold (n 79140955) has seen its $d come and go over the past few weeks. Will there be a final decision on the matter, considering there are plenty of name-title headings that may or may not need attention as well?
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