Additional Element for Medium of Performance of the Expression

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31 July 2015

Additional Element for Medium of Performance of the Expression

 

 

Submitted by Damian Iseminger, Chair, JSC Music Working Group

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6 Responses to Additional Element for Medium of Performance of the Expression

  1. Kathy Glennan says:

    1) I agree that RDA should support adding the medium of performance for an expression.
    …a) This will make MARC encoding of the information complicated, but that’s not really RDA’s problem.

    2) I think this should be created as its own instruction, and not conflated with medium of performance of the work. These are separate elements.

    3) The appropriate place to locate the new instruction would be after 6.17, so it could be grouped with other attributes of a musical expression.

    4) It would be worth investigating whether or not “key” should also be recorded for musical expressions. While this is a logical extension, it needs to be assessed in relation to the FRBR-LRM.

    5) Because extensive renumbering would be needed to put this instruction in the proper place, the JSC Working Principle should be invoked: this should wait until other significant changes are being made to RDA (to align it with FRBR-LRM).

  2. Robert L. Maxwell says:

    Absolutely, we need to be able to record the medium of performance for expressions. I’ve thought this since RDA first appeared. I think many people approach music collections wanting to find music for a particular medium of performance (e.g. an instrument they play) and it isn’t helpful to them to prevent them from finding expressions for their instrument because we haven’t been allowed to record the medium of performance for the expression.

    And this does need to be part of the authorized access point for the expression.

    I agree with Kathy, a new element needs to be added grouped together with the other expression elements. 6.15 needs to remain in the work section, though it should be renamed “Medium of performance of the work” (if it remains–see comments below).

    I don’t actually agree that this should wait. It’s been needed since RDA was first published.

    HOWEVER, I wonder if this is like the language attribute for textual works, though. Is there *really* a medium of performance of a *work*? Don’t we just have a medium of performance of the *first* expression, and then medium of performance of other expressions, just as with a textual work we have language as an element of the *first* expression and of other expressions, but the work itself does not have language as an element? This is because of the hierarchical nature of WEMI. All the work attributes need to apply to the related expressions. Just as language can’t be inherited by all the expressions of a given textual work, so medium of performance can’t be inherited by all the expressions of a given musical work. I think making medium of performance an *expression* attribute and *not* a work attribute, parallel to the treatment of language, should be seriously considered.

    Key is another attribute that isn’t inheritable from the work to all the expressions. Not all expressions of a musical work inherit the key of the first expression of the work. I think this isn’t actually a work attribute, but an attribute of the expression. Yes, there is a key associated with the first expression of the work, but the same argument can be (and has been) made about the language of a textual work and so far JSC hasn’t agreed.

  3. Steve Kelley says:

    I agree that RDA should add medium of performance for an expression, and that it should be created as its own instruction.

    • Gayle Porter says:

      I also agree with adding medium of performance for an expression, and for creating a separate instruction for it.
      I wonder how problematic it would be if CC:DA were to go ahead and try to resolve this issue now instead of waiting for future alignment of RDA with FRBR-LRM.

  4. Diane Napert says:

    From Jennifer Vaughn, ARSC Cataloging Committee:
    Yes, agree that RDA needs to be aligned with FRBR here and that MoP of expression is important; and I am among those catalogers who routinely code this element already.

  5. Diane Napert says:

    Also agree that RDA should support adding the medium of performance for an expression and a separate instruction
    Regarding when this should be done, given the extensive work , I would support waiting (up to a point)

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