Authority records for works of music are probably the most
problematic aspect of music cataloging. They must include the composer's
name as well as the correct form of entry for the musical work. The correct
form of entry must be in the language that the composer either worked in or in
which the musical work was written. Tracking down the necessary information
for such an authority record can be a time consuming process.
This search will bring up all of the Name/Title authorities for
Wolfgang Mozart. Scroll through them to find the one needed.
Since the correct form of entry for a work is established in the language
in which the composer worked the cataloger must be prepared to catalog in a
ultitude of foreign languages. This can become a problem for the cataloger who has
little or no foreign language training, or the language of the work's title has
been translated into a language that is different from the one in which the
work's title was originally written, or the script of the original language is not
the same as the script used for the English language. All of these difficulties have
to be conquered in order to establish the correct form of entry for a work. The following
is a list of suggestions that hopefully will help the cataloger to overcome them.
Here Margaret Garwood has composed musical notes that have made
E. E. Cummings poem "Wind has blown the rain away" a musical work.
So Margaret Garwood is the main entry. E. E. Cummings appears as a subject heading and as an added entry.
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