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How we classify the Works
The more common abbreviations used for standard orchestral instruments are:
fl ob cl bsn / hn tpt trb tu / tp perc / vn va vc db
Voices are represented as:
s m-s a t bar b
or simply 'voice' where unspecified. For choral works the voices are strung together without spaces (eg satb); solo voices are followed by a space. (Thus: s satb is a work for solo soprano, and SATB choir).
Also commonly used:
pf (piano) hpd (harpsichord) gu (guitar) sax (saxophone) hp (harp) and clar (clarsach)
The following keywords may help to limit your search for:
- choral or vocal works (further qualified as accompanied, unaccompanied, sacred or secular, solo, duet, trio, quartet or ensemble )
- orchestral (further qualified as concerto, chamber, string , jazz)
- theatre or opera
- chamber (further qualified as solo, duet, duo (with keyboard), trio, quartet, quintet, sextet, septet, octet, nonet, ensemble, band, group)
- keyboard (further qualified as duet or trio where this indicates number of players rather than keyboards)
- instrumental (used for solo works except keyboard works)
For a more detailed list of abbreviations and for an explanation of the numerical system used for representing the scoring of orchestral works, click on the link below.