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Music Classification Systems : Music Library Association Basic Manuals - Mark McKnight

Music Classification Systems

Music Library Association Basic Manuals

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Published: 1st May 2002
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Due to the distinctive nature of music as a separate "language" that non-musicians are often unable to read or understand, the cataloging and classification of music materials frequently present special challenges. In response to this often problematic situation, this volume is designed to introduce the principles of music classification to beginning music catalogers, as well as to non-specialist catalogers, and those who only occasionally deal with music materials. It will surely relieve the stress level for general catalogers by providing practical guidelines as well as clarifying and explaining the most commonly used classification systems in the United States--the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC), the Library of Congress Classification (LCC), and the Alpha-Numeric System for Classification of Recordings (ANSCR). Also included is a general historical overview of music classification, from early attempts to organize specific collections, to the efforts of Oscar Sonneck and others to adapt fundamental principles of classification to the distinctive characteristics of music materials; as well as a discussion of the special needs of the users of those materials.

Turning to DDC, McKnight provides a well-written chapter outlining the history, advantages and pitfalls of the system....But, the heart of the manual...is the account of the LCC M (Music) schedule....McKnight picks his examples well, writes with clarity, and suggests improvements to the system...--Music Reference Services Quarterly

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
List of Figuresp. xiii
An Introduction to Music Classificationp. 1
Music Classification--History and Backgroundp. 5
Systems of Classificationp. 8
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC)p. 11
History and Background of DDCp. 11
Arrangement within DDCp. 14
Notes and Instructionsp. 17
Hierarchiesp. 23
Facets and Number Buildingp. 24
Using the Tablesp. 29
Using the Manualp. 30
Using the Relative Indexp. 35
Library of Congress Classification (LCC)p. 39
History and Backgroundp. 39
Features of LCCp. 41
Development of the Music Schedulep. 43
Organization of the Class-M Schedulep. 45
The Three Subclasses of LCC:M: M, ML, MTp. 52
Alpha-Numeric System for Classification of Sound Recordings (ANSCR)p. 111
History and Backgroundp. 111
Outline of the Systemp. 113
Shelf Arrangement in the Classification of Music Materialsp. 133
Introductionp. 133
Shelf Arrangement in DDCp. 134
Shelf Arrangement in LCCp. 135
Concluding Observationsp. 141
Class-M Outlinep. 145
Selected Bibliographyp. 151
Indexp. 155
About the Authorp. 162
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ISBN: 9780810842632
ISBN-10: 0810842637
Series: Music Library Association Basic Manuals
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 162
Published: 1st May 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.46 x 14.45  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.23