ABBREVIATIONS

[NB:  New pieces on this site will appear at the top of the lists, but  after any Zipped files.]

The abbreviations below may be used as search terms (ctrl-F in Windows) in any page on this site, including any provided lists.

(Abbreviated instrumental terms that are inside single or double quotes, e.g., ‘vn or va, & vc’, denote a POSSIBLE instrumentation, not the original instrumentation.)

  1. KBD = one of several keyboard instruments like the cembalo (harpsichord), organ, clavichord, or even the early piano.
  2. VN or VLN = violin (Plural: vns)
  3. VA or VLA = viola (Plural: vas)
  4. VC or VLC = cello (Plural: vcs)
  5. VC-BC = cello and/or contrabass playing a BC line (called a ‘continuo cello’)
  6. CB or DB = double bass or contrabass
  7. BC = basso continuo, or ‘continuo’ (a bass–lowest–line played by a cello and a KBD, with figures (sometimes absent) that indicate to the keyboardist the well-voiced (“well-counterpointed”) ‘harmonization’ to be played by the right hand).
  8. BC realized = a KBD part with an arranger’s ‘harmonization’ of the BC printed in the treble (right hand) of the kbd score.
  9. PF = piano, pianoforte, fortepiano.
  10. Basso = Cello (or possibly double bass), in chamber music if there is not a separate staff for cello.
  11. Basso= Cello and Double Bass, in orchestral music if there is not a separate staff for cello.
  12. OB = oboe
  13. BSN = bassoon
  14. FL = flute
  15. CL = clarinet
  16. Op = opus
  17. Arr = arranged for, or by (an arrangement SHOULD mean a significant modification/addition of many elements to the original piece)
  18. Transc = transcribed for (in America, meaning little more than a key-change, octave transposition or reassignment of instruments–hence, remains public domain in the USA)
  19. Ed = edited, editor
  20. pd = public domain
  21. DUPLEX = a pdf file that prints two-sided with the left and right pages appearing correctly.  (Almost all files from JDH are duplex, without them being so described.)
  22. REPAGED =  The page layout has been modified, or reflowed (‘REPAGED’) from the original:  1) A blank page is removed or inserted to change the way pages flow to improve page turns.  2) Staves may be ‘reflowed’ for the same purpose.  NB:  Repaged pages may retain the original, now incorrect, page numbers.