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Abbreviations used in the Index

Information in the Alphabetical Index entries always follows the same pattern:
 
EITHER: a 'See' - a link to a reference elsewhere in the NCMI
 
OR:

 
1. ORIGIN:
Date and place of composition, if known. (This item is in brackets if supposed or inferred rather than known for a fact)
 
2. USE:
First Use (usually named show in italics) (sung by named performer(s) in brackets.
Also used In (named show(s) ) (performers)

 
3. SOURCE:
Published - as sheet music ('Sep.Publ.')
- in vocal score of relevant show ('VS')
- in album (identified by code - see Appendix 2a)
Unpublished Manuscript in archive ('Unpubl./MS')
+ any supporting source notes

 
4. NOTES:
General information on background and supporting notes for information given above;
Description of number and brief musical commentary
References to other titles and/or references to further information in other sections of the index (refs)

 
5. DISCOGRAPHY:
Selected discography listed by date order (refs)Noël Coward is always NC. Names of other people, once mentioned in a specific entry, are thereafter abbreviated to their initials.
 
How abbreviations are presented:
Capital letters in bold script (e.g. BD or NCSL) is a bibliographical source reference code (References, Sect. 3)
 
Titles of Musical Productions are in italic (References, Sect. 2)
 
Code letters (e.g. NCSB) for Source identify a particular musical publication (Appendix 2). Some combinations of abbreviations have specific meanings:
 
MS VS unpublished vocal score
pno.sel. published piano selection
sep.publ. item printed as separate sheet music.
 
Code letters OCR, NCR and ONR refer to entries in the full Discography
(Appendix 4).
 
Other abbreviations, including those for Show Titles, are used throughout this section of the index for the sake of brevity.

Abbreviations that are used throughout the Index but particularly in the Alphabetical Index, for the sake of brevity.   While the meaning of most of these should be fairly self-evident, the following lists may be useful:

 

@

 

Item to be found in (source)

 

acc.

 

Accompanied by/Accompanist

 

AES

 

Album of Eight Songs (see Appendix 2a)

 

arr.

 

Arranged by/Arranger

 

c.

 

circa (about, used for approximate dates)

 

CC

 

Cowardy Custard (vocal score) (see Appendix 2a)

 

ch.

 

Chorus

 

cond.

 

Conducted by/Conductor

 

CPA

 

Noël Coward Concert Party Album (see Appendix 2a)

 

Est.

 

The Noël Coward Estate (archives)

 

intro.

 

introduction

 

Lond.

 

London

 

M&M

 

The Mander & Mitchenson Theatre Collection, or

 

 

 

ref. toTheatrical Companion to Coward (see bibliography)

 

MD

 

Musical Director

 

MS

 

(unpublished) Manuscript (handwritten) music copy

 

NC

 

Noël Coward

 

NCG 1/2

 

A Noël Coward Gala (song albums) (see Appendix 2a)

 

NCR

 

Recording by No‘l Coward (see Appendix 4b)

 

NCSB

 

Noël Coward Song Book (see Appendix 2a)

 

No.

 

number (#)

 

NY

 

New York

 

OCR

 

Original Cast Recording (see Appendix 4a)

 

ONR

 

Other Notable Recording (see Appendix 4c)

 

orch.

 

Orchestrated by/Orchestra

 

orig.

 

Original/originally

 

perf.

 

performance/performed

 

pno.

 

Piano

 

prod.

 

production

 

publ.

 

Publisher/published

 

q.v.

 

(quod vide ) refer to other named item

 

ref.

 

refrain/reference

 

SA 1/2

 

Noël Coward Song Album 1 or 2 (see Appendix 2a)

 

sel.

 

selection

 

sep.

 

separate/separately

 

STA

 

Songs to Amuse (see Appendix 2a)

 

unpubl.

 

Unpublished

 

v.

 

vocal/vocalist

 

vol.

 

volume

 

VS

 

Vocal Score

 

W/C

 

Warner/Chappell Music (publishers)

 

WW

 

Waiting in the Wings folio of songs (see Appendix 2a)

 

 

 

 

Abbreviations of principal show titles:

 

 

 

 

 

AOC

 

Ace of Clubs, 1950

 

ATB

 

After The Ball, 1954

 

BS

 

Bitter Sweet, 1929

 

C24R

 

Charlot's Revue(s) 1924/1926

 

C31R

 

Cochran's 1931 Revue

 

CAB

 

Cabaret Performances, 1951-55

 

CAV

 

Cavalcade, 1931

 

CC

 

Cowardy Custard, 1972

 

CP

 

Conversation Piece, 1934

 

GR

 

The Globe Revue, 1952

 

LC

 

London Calling, 1923

 

LR

 

The Lyric Revue, 1951

 

O

 

Operette, 1938

 

P1860

 

Pacific 1860, 1946

 

PL

 

Private Lives, 1930

 

SA

 

Sail Away, 1961

 

SNM

 

Sigh No More, 1945

 

STM

 

Set To Music, 1939

 

TAET

 

Tonight at 8.30, 1936

 

TG

 

The Girl Who Came to Supper, 1963

 

TWM

 

Together With Music, 1955

 

TYOG

 

This Year of Grace, 1928

 

WAM

 

Words and Music, 1932

 

WW

 

Waiting in the Wings, 1960

 

 

 

 

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