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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


A

A

alto, contralto [voice]

A4

European Paper Size (210 x 297 mm)

a

alto [instrument]

Abt.

Abteilung [section]

ac

a cappella (unaccompanied)

acc.

accompaniment, accompanied by

acc

accordeon

AD

anno Domini

ad lib.

ad libitum

alt.

alternate

a.m.

ante meridiem [before noon]

Anh.

Anhang [appendix]

anon.

anonymous(ly)

ant cym

antique cymbals

armo

harmonium

arr.

arranged (by)

AS

Astrum (Astrum Music Publications) Reference Number

ASCAP

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

attrib.

attribution, attributed to

B

B

bass [voice]; Brainard catalogue [Tartini]

b

bass [instrument]

b

born

Bar

baritone [voice]

bar

baritone [instrument]

bassethn

bassethorn

BC

before Christ

bc

basso continuo

b cl

bass clarinet

Bd.

Band [volume]

bl

block(s)

BMI

Broadcast Music Inc.

bn

bassoon

Bul

Bulgarian

BuxWV

Buxtehude-Werkverzeichnis [Catalogue of Buxtehude's works (Karstädt)]

BWV

Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis [Catalogue of J.S. Bach's works (Schmieder)]

C

c

circa [about]

casts

castanets

cb

contrabass

c bn

contra bassoon

CD

compact disc

cel

celesta

cf

confer [compare]

c.f.

cantus firmus

ch

choir

chamb

chamber

child ch

children's choir

chit

chitarrone

Chu

Old Church Slavonic (language, text, lyrics, ...)

ChS

Choral Score

cl

clarinet

CloS

Closed Score

clvd

clavichord

cnt

cornet

cm

centimetre(s)

Cod.

Codex

col.

column

coll.

collected by

collab.

in collaboration with

conc.

concerto, concertante

cond.

conductor, conducted by

cont

continuo

Ct

countertenor

ctr

clarino

CV

Carus-Verlag Reference Number

Cze

Czech (language, text, lyrics, ...)

cym

cymbals

D

D

Catalogue of Schubert's works (Deutsch); Dounias catalogue [Tartini]

d

died

Dan

Danish (language, text, lyrics, ...)

d mix ch

double mixed choir

ded.

dedication, dedicated to

Deu Germany (country)

dir.

director, directed by

diss.

dissertation

div

divisi

dr

drum

dur.

duration

dut Dutch / Nederlands [language]

E

Euro

ed.

editor, edited (by)

edn.

edition

e.g.

exempli gratia [for example]

EKG, EG

Evangelisches Gesangbuch (German Protestant hymnal)

elec

electric, electronic

Eng

English (language, text, lyrics, ...)

e.h.

english horn (cor anglais)

ens

ensemble

esp.

especially

Esp Spain (country)

etc

et cetera [and so on]

EUR

Euro

ex., exx.

example, examples

F

f, ff

following page, following pages

f., ff.

folio, folios

f

forte

facs.

facsimile

fem ch

women's choir

fig.

figure [illustration]

Fin

Finnish (language, text, lyrics, ...)

fing cym

finger cymbals

fl

flute

flhn

flugelhorn

Fra France (country)

frag.

fragment

Fre

French (language, text, lyrics, ...)

FS

Full Score

G

G

gong

g

gram(s)

GA

Gesamtausgabe (Complete Edition)

Ger

German (language, text, lyrics, ...)

GL

Gotteslob (Catholic hymnal)

glock

Glockenspiel

Gre

Greek (language, text, lyrics, ...)

guit

guitar

H

H

Hoboken catalogue [Haydn]; Helm catalogue [C.P.E. Bach]

Harm

Set of Harmony Parts (except strings)

hd

hand(s) (4 hd = four-hands)

Heb

Hebrew (language, text, lyrics, ...)

hn

horn

hp

harp

hpd

harpsichord

Hun

Hungarian (language, text, lyrics, ...)

HWV

Catalogue of Haendel's works (Baselt)

I

ibid

ibidem [in the same place]

i.e.

id est [that is]

Inc.

incorporated

inc.

incomplete

incl.

includes, including

in prep.

in preparation

inst[Bb]

instrument in B flat

inst(s)

instrument(s)

IP

Instrumental Part(s)

ISMN

International Standard Music Number

ISRC

International Standard Recording Code

ISWC

International Standard Musical Work Code

Ita

Italian (country, language, text, lyrics, ...)

J

Jpn

Japanese (language, text, lyrics, ...)

K

K

Kirkpatrick catalogue [D. Scarlatti]

K / KV

Köchel Catalogue (Mozart)

kbd

keyboard

kg

kilogram(s)

L

L

Longo catalogue [D. Scarlatti]

Lat

Latin (language, text, lyrics, ...)

lib

libretto

low vce

low voice

lte

lute

M

male ch

men's choir

mand

mandolin

mar

marimba

mel

melody

met

metallophone

Mez

mezzo-soprano

MH

Catalogue of Michael Haydn's works (Sherman/Thomas)

mic

microphone

mid

middle

mix

mixed

mix ch

mixed choir

mm

millimeter(s)

MoH

Material on Hire

movt

movement

MS

manuscript

N

n.d.

no date of publication

Nld Netherlands (country)

no.

number

Nor

Norwegian (language, text, lyrics, ...)

n.p.

no place of publication

nr.

near

O

ob

oboe

ob da cac

oboe da caccia

ob d'am

oboe d'amore

obbl.

obbligato

oct

octet

op., opp.

opus, opera

op cit

opere citato [in the work cited]

op. (post.)

opus (posthumous work)

opt.

optional

orch

orchestra, orchestral

orchd

orchestrated (by)

org

organ

orig.

original(ly)

OUP

Oxford University Press (Reference Number)

ov.

overture

P

P

Pincherle catalogue [Vivaldi]; part(s)

p.

pars (1p. = prima pars, etc.)

p., pp.

page, pages

p

piano

p.a.

per annum [per year]

perc

percussion

perf.

performance, performed (by)

pf

piano

picc

piccolo

Pie

Piedmontese (language, text, lyrics, ...)

pl.

plate; plural

p.m.

post meridiem [after noon]

PO

Philharmonic Orchestra

Pol

Polish (language, text, lyrics, ...)

Por

Portuguese (language, text, lyrics, ...)

posth.

posthumous(ly)

pr.

printed

prof.

professor, profession(al)

Ps

Psalm

ps

psalm

pseud.

pseudonym

pt

part (5pt = five part)

pubd

published

pubn

publication

Q

qnt

quintet

qt

quartett

R

R

[in signature] editorial revision; Ryom catalogue [Vivaldi]

r

recto [on the right (leaf)]

rec

recorder (Blockflöte)

rec.

recitative

red.

reduction, reduced for

repr.

reprinted

Res

Resian (dialect, text, lyrics, ...)

rev.

revision, revised (by/for)

RO

Radio Orchestra

RSO

Radio Symphony Orchestra

Rum

Romanian (language, text, lyrics, ...)

Rus

Russian (language, text, lyrics, ...)

RV

Ryom Catalogue (Vivaldi)

S

S

soprano[voice]; San, Santa, Santo; Catalogue of Liszt's works (Searl)

s

soprano [instrument]

$

dollar(s)

sax

saxophone

SATB

soprano, alto, tenor, bass

SAZAS

Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers in Slovenia

SB

Song book

s dr

snare drum

seq

sequence

ser.

series

sext

sextet

side dr

side drum

SIT

Slovene Tollar [Slovene monetary unit]

Slv

Slovenian (language, text, lyrics, ...)

SO

Symphony Orchestra

sol

solo

SoP

Set of Parts

sp

speaker

Spa

Spanish; Castilian (language, text, lyrics, ...)

Srp

Serbian (language, text, lyrics, ...)

SS

Study Score

St

Saint, Sint, Szent

str

string(s)

suppl.

Supplement, supplementary

susp cym

suspended cymbal

Swe

Swedish (language, text, lyrics, ...)

SWV

Catalogue of Schütz' works (Bittinger)

sym.

symphony, symphonic

synth

synthesizer

T

T

tenor [voice]

t

tenor [instrument]

tamb

tambourine

tb

tuba

tbn

trombone

timp

timpani

trgl

triangle

tpt

trumpet

Tr

treble [voice]

tr

treble [instrument]

trans.

translation, translated by

transcr.

transcription, transcribed by/for

U

unacc.

unaccompanied

unattrib.

unattributed

unperf.

unperformed

unpubd

unpublished

US

United States [adjective]

US$

United States Dollar

USA

United States of America

V

v, vv

voice, voices

v., vv.

verse, verses

v

verso [on the left (leaf)]

va

viola

va d'am

viola d'amore

vagb

viola da gamba

vc

(violon)cello

vib

vibraphone

viz

videlicet [namely]

vle

violone

vn

violin

vol.

volume

W

WAB

Catalogue of Bruckner's works (Baselt)

WoO, woo

Werke ohne Opuszahl [works without opus number]

WQ

Wotquenne Catalogue (C.P.E. Bach)

WP

world premiere

VS

Vocal Score

ww

woodwind(s)

WWV

Catalogue of Wagner's works

X

xyl

xylophone

Y

¥

Yen [Japanese monetary unit]

Z

Z

Zimmerman catalogue [Purcell]

ZWV

Catalogue of Zelenka's Works





  


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