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Answered By: Lorraine Falconer
Last Updated: Dec 06, 2016     Views: 4

Music publisher numbers are plate or publisher numbers music scores, and record labels music sound recordings. They are found in publisher's catalogues, bibliographies, and discographies, as well as on the items themselves.

A music publisher number is used to identify a work where the title page has been lost, or where a page of music has no other identifier. The publisher/plate number may appear on the bottom of each page, making it possible to find the title and composer.

Type the music publisher number with exact spaces and punctuation, eg:

  • 82973   (Ricordi plate no.)
  • BA 4061a  (Barenreiter publisher no.)
  • ABC 476 283-5   (ABC CD no.)