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How to find Scores and Recordings: About music titles

About music titles

Unlike the title of a book, the title of a piece of classical music can vary quite a bit. There are often differences in terms of language and/or wording. 

This can make searching and finding what you're looking for a bit tricky.

Different kinds of titles

- Generic titles, those that use standard musical terms like sonata, symphony, concerto, mass, etc. 

- Distinctive titles, like The Marriage of Figaro, are more unique and do not use generic musical terms.

Examples of variation

For example, W.A. Mozart's String Quartet (K.387) could appear as:

  • Quartet no. 14 in G major (K. 387)
  • Quartett für 2 Violinen, Viola und Violoncello G-Dur, KV 387
  • String quartet no. 14 in G major, KV 387

For example, The Marriage of Figaro could appear as:

  • Le Nozze di Figaro (Italian)
  • Die Hochzeit des Figaro (German)