08404 - Bibliography and Musical Librarianship

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The course aims to provide a basic knowledge of methodologies, tools and notions for the library and cataloging treatment of musical sources. At the end of the course the student is able to recognize the characteristics of the different musical sources, orient himself in the panorama of library services and correctly set up basic bibliographic procedures.

Course contents

Basic knowledge for the methodological approach to bibliographic-musical assets and their treatment. Notes on the cataloging of musical sources with reference to national and international rules. Knowledge of the main musical bibliographic tools. Notes on the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) conceptual model and on classification methods. Methods for dating musical editions, in particular Ricordi editions.


- Le arti dello spettacolo e il catalogo, a cura di V. Bazzocchi e P. Bignami, Roma, Carocci, 2013, pp. 63-68, 91-102, 137-190, 205-242;

- Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records by IFLA, Final Report 1998, pp. 1-27 (Requisiti funzionali per record bibliografici: rapporto conclusivo, edizione italiana a cura dell'Istituto centrale per il catalogo unico delle biblioteche italiane e per le informazioni bibliografiche, Roma, ICCU, 2000);

- Titolo uniforme musicale. Norme per la redazione (ICCU, febbraio 2014)

- Guida alla catalogazione in SBN. Musica: musica e libretti a stampa, registrazioni sonore, video e risorse elettroniche musicali (ICCU, luglio 2012)

- Angelo Pompilio, La collezione Scalvini dell'Istituto Nazionale di Studi Verdiani I, "Studi verdiani" 7, 1991, only the paragraph "Criteri di datazione delle edizioni Ricordi", pp. 118-188.

The bibliography is the same for attending and non-attending students. Non-attending students are invited to contact the teacher to receive instructions on exam preparation.

Teaching methods

Lectures and practical exercises.

Assessment methods

The exam will be in the form of an oral interview and aims to verify the student's critical and methodological skills. Students (attending and non-attending) must present two written exercises: 1) bibliographic description of a Ricordi printed music edition prior to 1910, chosen by the student, compiled according to the SBN cataloging rules; 2) bibliography on a musicological topic.

The final assessment will be based on the following indications: insufficient grade in case of lack of basic knowledge and inability to produce a correct interpretation of the course topics; sufficient vote in case of possession of basic knowledge and mainly correct interpretation, but carried out with terminological imprecision; good grade in case of possession of intermediate level knowledge and fully correct but not always precise interpretation; excellent grade in case of possession of high level knowledge, interpretation of problems not only correct but carried out with precision and excellent oral expression skills.

Office hours

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