Titles for works of music can be a little tricky, in that they can vary in language or form depending the recording or source of work. To make your catalog searches more effective note the following:
The Generic Title of a work will identify the format of the work, such as Sonata, Symphony, or Concerto.
The Distinctive Title of a work is the unique title like you would have for a book or a film, such as Eroica, or Fanfare for the Common Man.
A title may also include a Work Number. Depending on the composer, the number could be called
Titles can some or all of these aspects to their title.
For example, W.A. Mozart's String Quartet (K.387) could appear as:
For example, The Marriage of Figaro could appear as:
Uniform Titles are used by library catalogs to bring together different forms of a title. They provide you with one official title to search by and are constructed using certain rules. They can be helpful since music titles often differ in terms of language and/or wording. Instead of trying to anticipate these differences you can bring them all together by using a Uniform Title. The form of a uniform title is this:
FORM + INSTRUMENT(S) + NUMBER + KEY)
So the Uniform Title for Beethoven's 5th symphony looks like this:
Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827
Symphonies, no. 5, op. 67, C minor
Or, the Uniform Title for The Marriage of Figaro looks like this (uses the original language of title):
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791
Nozze di Figaro
Here's how you will see Uniform Titles in the CONSORT catalog:
Extra information that's sometimes added to Uniform Titles in order to identify different special characteristics:
CONSORT is the online catalog shared by OWU, Denison, Kenyon, and Wooster. Search here to find books, magazines, music, and video.