The additions of 2010 to the Types of compositions for use in music uniform titles

This document is for historical purposes only. For the current list of types of composition, please see Types of Composition for Use in Authorized Access Points for Music : A Manual for Use with RDA.

This document lists the additions or changes to the list of Types of compositions for use in music uniform titles, the Final report of the Working Group on Types of Compositions. Additions or changes to existing entries are added in bold blue. Deletions are struck out bold. New entries are in plain, black type.


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  • Blues
    • TYPE (English); use for works employing a 12-bar structure, using flattened 3rds and 7ths; also use when the title indicates a blues-type mood rather than a strict adherence to the 12-bar form. LCNAF n 2005089844
  • Capriccio/Capriccios
    • TYPE (English, German, Italian); use this form when it is the composer's original title; do not use caprice or capricho unless the composer specified it as the original title; use for capricio, kaprichchio. LCNAF n 86860139
  • Ėskiz
    • DISTINCTIVE (Russian)
  • Estampie/Estampies
    • TYPE (English, French, German); instrumental dance form originating in the 13th and 14th centuries; use for estampida, estampita, istampita, istanpitta, stampita. LCNAF n 2007007297
  • Jácara/Jácaras
    • TYPE (Portuguese, Spanish); a Spanish and Hispano-American dance and musical pattern used in 17th- and 18th-century stage productions, church villancicos, and instrumental variation pieces; use for xácara.
  • Jota/Jotas
    • TYPE (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish); a lively dance in triple time from northern Spain; use for both instrumental and vocal works; use for khota. LCNAF n 2005000976
  • Khota
    • (Russian); use jota.
  • Letanía
    • DISTINCTIVE (Spanish)
  • Malagueña/Malagueñas
    • TYPE (Spanish); a type of instrumental piece, song, or dance in the flamenco style; use for malaguėn'ia. LCNAF n 2003083850
  • Ostinato/Ostinatos
    • DISTINCTIVE TYPE (English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Russian, Spanish); use for compositions in which a musical pattern is repeated many times in succession while other musical elements are generally changing. LCNAF n85-373161 n 2004068635
  • Ouvertürensuite
    • DISTINCTIVE (German) LCNAF n 2009053988
  • Récit/Récits
    • TYPE (French); a generic term used in France during the 17th and 18th centuries for fragments or entire compositions for solo voice and, by extension, for solo instrument; also used as a title for an organ piece with a distinct melodic part, as opposed to earlier, contrapuntal organ music; use for works for solo instrument with or without acc.; distinctive when the title means "story" or "narrative." LCNAF n 89629002
  • Ricercare/Ricercars/Ricercari
    • TYPE (English, Italian); generally, a type of instrumental piece common during the 16th and 17th centuries; because there is no single accepted English form of name for either the singular or plural of this type, use the form used by the composer and maintain that form throughout for that composer; if the composer used no plural form, use Ricercars; use for recercada, Ricercar, richerkar. LCCN 84-757355
  • Scherzo/Scherzos
    • TYPE (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish); use for skertso, squerzo.
  • Solo piece
    • DISTINCTIVE (English) LCNAF no 99035859
  • Solostück
    • DISTINCTIVE (German) LCNAF n 00073633
  • Solostykke
    • DISTINCTIVE (Danish, Norwegian)
  • Squerzo
  • Symphonette/Symphonettes
    • TYPE (English); apply 25.30B1a: add a statement of medium of performance only when not for the implied medium of orchestra.
  • Vesper/Vespers
    • TYPE (English, German); liturgical (see note 3); use for vechernia, vesperae, vêpres, vespro, vísperas. LCNAF n 2010031927 LCCN 84-759139