Each entry contains the following information: bibliographic data (see numbers 1 through 9, below), content data (where appropriate; see number 10, below), and descriptive information (see number 11, below).
Russian and Church Slavonic titles and inscriptions have been transliterated according to the Library of Congress’s transliteration system for these languages. Transliterations appear within square brackets.
Translations, appearing in parentheses following their original versions (or transliterations of their original versions), have been provided for most titles and inscriptions appearing in this bibliography.
The musical notation used in the scores listed here generally appears in Western (modern) notation, unless otherwise noted; several volumes otherwise exhibit the neume or modified neume notation traditionally used in Russian Orthodox Church chant.
Most of the individual items held within the musical scores and music-related books in the Library of Congress’s Russian Imperial Collection contain a code, inscribed in pencil, and usually appearing on the verso side of the cover or on the first recto page of the item, which apparently represented the shelf location of the individual item within the various Imperial libraries. This code, usually handwritten, is in three parts, placed vertically in relation to each other. Some items even bear small pre-printed stamps with space allotted for the three elements of this code. The three elements of this code designate an item’s shelf location by its shkaf (bookcase) number (in Arabic numerals), its polka (shelf) number (in Roman numerals), and its “No.” (item number within a specific shelf, designated in Arabic numerals). These original shelf location codes for this material have not been reproduced in this bibliography.