Abbreviations

A - B 

A
alto
A(-)Instr / A-inst
alto instrument
ac
copy of the autograph
acc
accordeon
AD
duration
ad lib.
ad libitum
AK
copy of the autograph
Akk
accordeon
Anh.
appendix
B
bass
B(-)Instr / -inst
bass instrument
Bar
baritone
Bar(-)Instr / -inst
baritone instrument
Basset(t)hn
Bassethorn
Bc
thoroughbass
Bd.
volume
BG
formerly H. Gerig, Cologne
Bl
winds
Blfl
recorder
BM
stage music
bsn
bassoon
Bus.-Verz.
Catalogue of Busoni's works
BWV
Catalogue of Bach's works (Schmieder)

C - E 

CàP
Flugelhorn
Cel
celesta
Cemb
harpsichord
chamb
chamber
ChB
Choral Library
child ch
children's choir
Cimb
cymbal
clar
clarinet
Clno
clarino
conc.
concertante
cor ang
cor anglais (English horn)
Corn
cornetto
cym
cymbal
D
Catalogue of Schubert's works (Deutsch)
db
double bass
dble bsn
double bassoon
dble mix ch
double mixed choir
DDT
Denkmäler deutscher Tonkunst
dr
drum
dt / Ger
German text
dur.
duration
DV
Deutscher Verlag für Musik
E-instr / inst
electronic instrument
EB
Edition Breitkopf
ed.
edited
EdM
Erbe deutscher Musik
Eh
cor anglais (English horn)
Engl
English text
Ens
ensemble
EOS
Eulenburg Orchestral Series
ETP
Eulenburg Pocket Scores

F - J 

FCh / fem ch
women's choir
Fg
bassoon
Finn
Finnish text
Fl
flute
Flhn
flugelhorn
franz / Fren
French text
GCh
mixed choir
gem
mixed
Ger / dt
German text
GGCh
double mixed choir
Git
guitar
Glsp
glockenspiel
Greek / griech
Greek text
guit
guitar
Harm
harmonium
hd (-4hd)
(4) hands
HEGA
Hanns Eisler Complete Works
Hfe
harp
Hn
horn
Hob
Hoboken Catalogue (Haydn)
hp
harp
hps
harpsichord
hrsg.
edited
hSt
high voice
HWV
Catalogue of Haendel's works (Baselt)
Instr / inst [B]
instrument [in B flat]
Ital
Italian text
JSW
Jean Sibelius Complete Works

K - M 

K.
Köchel Catalogue (Mozart)
Kam
chamber
Kb
double bass
Kb(-)Instr
double bass instrument
Kfg
double bassoon
KiCh
children's choir
kl.
small
Klar
clarinet
Klav (-4ms)
piano duet
KV
Köchel Catalogue (Mozart)
Lat
Latin text
Ln.
linen cover
Lte
lute
male ch
men's choir
Mand
mandoline
Marimb
marimbaphone
MCh
men's choir
Mel-Instr / inst
melody instrument
Met
metallophone
Mez
mezzo-soprano
mid vce
middle voice
mix
mixed
mix ch
mixed choir
MN
Musikverlag Nepomuk
MR
Musica Rara
ms (-4ms)
for four hands
mSt
mid voice
Muha
mouth organ
MWV
Catalogue of Mendelssohn's works

O - R 

Ob
oboe
OB
Orchestral Library
Ob d'am
oboe d'amore
Ob da cac
oboe da caccia
obl.
obligato
Oct / Okt
octet
Op.(post.)
Opus (posthumous work)
Orch
orchestra
Org
organ
PB
Score Library
perc
percussion
Picc
piccolo
Pk
timpani
plucked insts
plucked instruments
pno
piano
Pos
trombone
pt (5pt)
part (five part)
Quar
quartet
Quin
quintet
rec
recorder
Russ
Russian text
RV
Ryom Catalogue (Vivaldi)

S - U 

S
soprano
S(-)Instr /S-inst
soprano instrument
Sax
saxophone
SBL
Assortment Music Books Leipzig
SBV
Assortment Reprints Books
Schl
percussion
schwed
Swedish text
Sext
sextet
side dr
side drum
Singst
voice (singing)
SMV
Assortment Reprints Notes
Sp / Spr
speaker
St
voice
st (5st)
part (five part)
Str
strings
Swed
Swedish text
SWV
Catalogue of Schütz' works
Synth
synthesizer
T
tenor
T(-)Instr / inst
tenor instrument
Tb
tape
TB
libretto library
tbne
trombone
timp
kettle-drum(s) / timpani
Tr
drum
Trg
triangle
Trp
trumpet
tSt
deep voice
UA
world première

V - Z 

Va
viola
Va d'am
viola d'amore
Vagb
viola da gamba (Gambe)
var.Bes / insts
variable instrumentation
Vc
violoncello
vce
(singing) voice
Vibr
vibraphone
Vl
violin
Vol.
Volume
Wk
work
WoO
Work without an opus number
Wotq
Wotquenne Catalogue (C. P E. Bach)
WWV
Catalogue of Wagner's works
Xyl
xylophone
Z
folklore of the world
ZupfOrch
plucked instruments
ZWV
Catalogue of Zenlenka's works