Music titles come in two broad categories: Generic and Distinctive. There is a much smaller third category called Collective.
Generic titles generally include the name of a type of music composition or genre, hence GENERIC.
No matter how (or in what language) these pieces are described on the item or how they may otherwise be commonly known, they are always identified in the catalog record according to a specified, predictable pattern: genre, instrumentation, numbering, and key (as appropriate).
Distinctive titles generally do not include the name of a genre of composition, but are instead are unique to that particular work: "Lincoln Portrait;" exceptionally, a genre title modified by an adjective is also considered distinctive: "Little Symphony." Distinctive titles usually appear in the catalog record just as they appear on the item. Sometimes an additional version of the title must be supplied by the library because the original title form as given by the composer does not appear on the item.
Collective Titles are used in the catalog record to describe when a number of items are issued together as collections, perhaps in music scores or as CD albums.
Keep these titles in mind as you proceed to the next section, How the Catalog Works
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