Music Discovery Requirements

IV.F Other Aspects of Music Discovery: Music-Specific Interface/View

As discussed throughout this document, music materials possess many attributes that are unique or uniquely important. In addition, while in the bibliographic universe as a whole, the norm is for each work to be realized by only one expression realized by one manifestation, for musical works, multiple expressions and manifestations are the norm. Because of these factors, it is worth considering whether a discovery tool should have a music-specific view that highlights these particular attributes and relationships, employing facets, limits, and displays that aid in the finding, identification, and selection of music materials.[1] While many attributes are relevant to music in special ways, selected attributes are unique to music: opus, thematic index, or serial numbers; medium of performance; musical key/range (including musical incipit); musical genre/form; musical presentation.

A separate music-specific interface could be particularly beneficial for tools designed to discover collections containing large amounts of music. However, other factors should be considered, particularly the time and effort needed to maintain a separate interface/view. In addition, if an alternate interface/view is created, the general interface should be designed to lead users seeking music materials intuitively to the alternate interface/view. Recommendations given throughout this document can be implemented in both general and music-specific interfaces/views.

Recommendation: Consider the pros and cons of a music-specific interface or view in any discovery tool implementation.


[1] The University of Virginia’s Virgo Music Search is one example of a music-specific view. Built on Blacklight, the view provides music-specific facets. http://search.lib.virginia.edu/music