Note: this page was created with music cataloging in mind.
see Recording titles (RDA 2.3) for basic instructions on recording titles
For specific information on recording categories of titles that most commonly apply to notated and performed music, see parallel title proper (2.3.3) | other title information (2.3.4) and parallel other title information (2.3.5) | variant title (2.3.6)
Sources of information ((220.127.116.11) | Facsimiles and reproductions (18.104.22.168) | Title in more than one language or script (22.214.171.124) | Title in more than one form (126.96.36.199) | Collective title and titles of individual contents (188.8.131.52) | Recording the title proper (184.108.40.206) | Other elements recorded as part of the title proper (220.127.116.11) | Resource lacking a collective title (18.104.22.168) | Resource with no title (22.214.171.124) | Recording devised titles (126.96.36.199)
|(2.3.2) Title proper|
|The title proper is the chief name of a resource (i.e., the title normally used when citing the resource)
|(188.8.131.52) Sources of information for title proper|
|Take the title proper from the preferred source of information for the identification of the resource:
Sound recordings: 184.108.40.206
If there is no title provided within the resource itself, take the title proper from one of the sources specified under 2.2.4
Make a note on the source of the title proper, if required, applying the instructions given under 220.127.116.11:
|(18.104.22.168) Facsimiles and reproductions|
|The title of the facsimile or reproduction is different from the title of the original manifestation:||
Record the title of the facsimile or reproduction as the title proper
|The title of the facsimile or reproduction appears on the same source of information as the title of the original manifestation:||Record the title of the original as either:
° as a parallel title proper, if it is in a language or script different from the title of the facsimile (2.3.3)
° as other title information (2.3.4)
° as the title of a related manifestation (27.1)
|The title of the original manifestation appears elsewhere in the resource:||Record it as the title of a related manifestation (27.1)|
|(22.214.171.124) Title in more than one language or script|
When the source of information for title proper bears a title in more than one language or script, choose as the title proper the one in the language or script of the main written, spoken, or sung content of the resource.
If this criterion is not applicable, choose the title proper on the basis of the sequence, layout, or typography of the titles on the source of information
|(126.96.36.199) Title in more than one form|
When the source of information for title proper:
|(188.8.131.52) Collective title and titles of individual contents|
|The resource has a source of information for the title proper bearing both a collective title and the titles of individual contents within the resource:||
Record the collective title as the title proper
|The resource has a source of information for the title proper bearing both the title of the content being described and a collective title for the larger resource:||Record the title of the content being described as the title proper
Record the collective title for the larger resource as a series title (2.12.2)
° Optional addition: Record the collective title for the larger resource as a series title (2.12.2)
LC-PCC PS: LC practice for Optional addition (2nd): Do not record the collective title for the larger work as an authorized access point for the series for LC's original cataloging.
|(184.108.40.206) Recording the title proper|
|Record the title proper applying the basic instructions on recording titles given under 2.3.1
However, retain an initial article when:
|(220.127.116.11) Other elements recorded as part of the title proper|
|(18.104.22.168.1) Type of composition, medium of performance, key, etc.
If a music title consists only of the name or names of one or more types of composition, or the name or names of one or more types of composition and one or more of the following:
° medium of performance
° numeric designation
° date of composition
Treat all the elements together (in the order in which they appear on the source of information) as the title proper.
If one or more statements of medium of performance, key, date of composition, and/or number are found on the source of information, treat those elements as other title information (2.3.4)
In case of doubt, treat statements of medium of performance, key, date of composition, and number as part of the title proper.
Best practices for music cataloging:
° When a composer uses a word that is normally the name of a type of composition as the title of a work which is definitely not a work of the type designated by the word, do not consider the title to be the name of a type of composition.
° A title consisting of two words, each of which alone would be the name of a type of composition, may in combination produce a distinctive title.
|(22.214.171.124) Resource lacking a collective title|
|When a resource lacks a collective title, record the titles proper of the parts as they appear on the source of information for the resource as a whole.
If the sources of information identifying the individual parts are being treated as a collective source of information for the resource as a whole (2.1.2), record the titles proper of the parts in the order in which they appear in the resource.
Alternative: Devise a collective title, 126.96.36.199: Record the titles of individual parts as the titles proper of related manifestations (27.1), if considered to be important.
|(188.8.131.52) Resource with no title|
|When a resource lacks a title, record as the titles proper either:
° a title taken from another source (2.2.4)
° a devised title (184.108.40.206)
Make a note to indicate the source of the title proper as instructed under 220.127.116.11.
|(18.104.22.168) Recording devised titles|
|When a resource itself bears no title (22.214.171.124), and a title cannot be found in any of the other sources of information specified under 2.2.4, devise a brief descriptive title that indicates either:
° the nature of the resource (e.g., map, literary manuscript, diary, advertisement)
° its subject (e.g., names of persons, corporate bodies, objects, activities, events, geographical area and dates)
° a combination of the two, as appropriate.
Except where specific terminology is prescribed, use the language and script appropriate to the content of the resource being described.
If the resource is of a type that would normally carry identifying information, (e.g., a published book), make a note to indicate that the title has been devised (126.96.36.199)
|(188.8.131.52.1) Devised titles for music|
|In a devised title proper for music, include medium of performance, numeric designation (e.g., serial number, opus number), key, and/or other distinguishing characteristic, as applicable.|