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Understanding Music Division Classmarks: Billings Classification: Scores

A guide to the various classification systems used in the Music Division

Scores: *MM through *MYZ

Classmarks beginning with *MM through *MYZ contain musical scores. Their subdivisions are described below.

Classmarks with *MZ are librettos.

Remember:  Billing classification refers primarily to books and scores acquired before 1972.

*MM-*MN: Collections

*MM

Plainsong

*MN

Collections of music, monument sets, etc.

*MNB

Collected works of individual composers

*MNX

Typescripts and manuscripts of books

*MNY

Letters of musicians

*MNYX

Partial facsimiles of letters of musicians

*MNZ

Music manuscripts and music manuscript facsimiles

*MNZX

Partial facsimiles of music manuscripts

*MO-*MR: Vocal music

*MO (by language)

National music (primarly vocal)

 

*MP (by language)

General vocal music, secular

 

*MPW-Amer.

Songsters and song texts 

 

*MPWC-Amer.

Campaign songsters 

 

*MPWT-Amer.

Temperance songsters 

 

*MR

Sacred solo songs and miscellaneous vocal collections

*MRA

Hymns

*MRC

Carols

*MRD

Liturgical music

*MRDG

Jewish music without accompaniment

*MRDI

Jewish music with accompaniment

*MRH

Non-liturgical music without accompaniment (includes anthems, cantatas, motets, oratorios, etc.)

*MRHI

Non-liturgical music with accompaniment

*MS Dramatic music

Includes operas, ballets, incidental music, film music, etc.

*MS

Dramatic music - vocal scores and scores without accompaniment

*MSI

Dramatic music - full scores

*MSP

Dramatic music - piano solo scores

*MT - Orchestral music

*MTA

Symphonic poems, symphonies

*MTC

Entr'actes, overtures, suites, variations, etc.

*MTK

Dances, marches

*MTO

Miscellaneous: Fantasies, orchestra concertos, rhapsodies, serenades, etc.

*MV

Special orchestras and bands: brass, janissary, military, string, Turkish, etc.

*MVM (by place)

Field music. Fife and drum music

*MVR

Reduced orchestra and band

*MW

Solo instrument(s) with orchestra

*MX-MZ: Chamber music and solo music (with or without accompanying instruments) and librettos

*MX

Chamber music (three or more instruments in combination)

*MYA

Organ music

*MYB

Music for harmonium, seraphine, physharmonica, etc.

*MYD

Piano music

*MYF

Harpsichord and harpsichord family

*MYH

Harp music

*MYK

Violin music

*MYL

Violoncello music

*MYM

Viola music

*MYN

Double bass and other bowed instrument music

*MYO

Lute, mandolin, zither, guitar, banjo etc. music

*MYR

Wind instrument music

*MYT

Percussion music

*MYX

Bell music

*MYY

Automatic instrument music: Hand organ, music boxes, aeolinas, etc.

*MYZ

Other instrumental music: Phonograph, radio, electric instruments

*MZ

Librettos