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The content of this page exists thanks to the contributions of the many editors who have worked to develop the Classical Style Guide (CSG). It could be a discussion, an outdated style guideline, or a past proposal. It could include some of the unofficial CSG practices that many editors have followed. Whatever the case, this page might help explain how CSG came to be, or perhaps even serve as the basis for further development. The current classical guidelines can be found under Style/Classical

Style Guideline > Classical Style Guide > Classical Release Title Style

The aim of this style guide is to impose some kind of order in the entries to achieve a consistent style, so as to have clean data for an eventual text sensitive tagging.

The Release Title should contain the names of the works on the release followed by the performer information. The instructions in the Release Title article apply to ClassicalMusic. This article elaborates them for this genre.

Here are the basic rules:


  • Requiem in D minor (Wiener Philharmoniker feat. conductor: Herbert von Karajan)
  • Symphonies Nos. 5, 6 "Pastoral" (The London Classical Players feat. conductor: Roger Norrington)
  • Symphony No. 3 "Eroica" / Egmont Overture (Berliner Philharmoniker feat. conductor: Herbert von Karajan)

See below for more examples.


Alert.png Please clarify: What does this apply to? E.g. what about 'named' releases, should they be reworded as this guideline says? This Info should also be contained in the first paragraph of the guideline (above) in a short form.


Release Title uses this structure:

MainTitle [SubTitle(s)] [VolumeNumber [VolumeTitle ]] [FeaturingArtist] [[BoxNumber [BoxTitle]] DiscNumber [DiscTitle]]


For ClassicalMusic, the MainTitle is typically the name of the MusicalWork or works on the Relase. The basic structure is as follows: Work_TYPE "No./Nos." Work_ID, Work_ID, ... , Work_ID / Work_TYPE Work_ID, Work_ID, ... , Work_ID / ... / Work_TYPE Work_ID, Work_ID, ... , Work_ID


  • The Work_TYPE is pluralized if more than one Work_ID is used. Examples:
    • Symphony --> Symphonies
    • String Quartet --> String Quartets
    • Piano Sonata --> Piano Sonatas
    • ...


  • "No." is pluralized to "Nos." if more than one Work_ID is used. Examples:
    • No. 1
    • No. 41 "Common Name"
    • Nos. 1, 2
    • Nos. 1, 2 "Common Name", 4
    • Nos. 1-3
    • Nos. 1-3, 5, 7-12
    • ...
  • If more than three consecutive Work_IDs are used, use a hyphen between the first and last number in the series (i.e. "1-3" or "7-12")
  • If there are no work numbers with which to identify the work, keys or catalog numbers can be used (i.e. "Requiem in D minor" or "String Quartets, Op. 12")
  • The works should be listed in the order in which they appear on the disc
  • Only one Work_ID is necessary per work (ie. "Symphony No. 1" as opposed to "Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 12")
  • Common names should be an exception (ie. Symphony No. 1 "Common Name" is fine)

Further Examples

Releases with only one work:

  • Die Zauberflöte (Berliner Philharmoniker feat. conductor: Karl Bohm) (disc 1)
  • Symphony No. 9 "Choral" (Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Chorus feat. conductor: Zdeněk Mácal)
  • Symphony No. 9 "Choral" (Cleveland Orchestra feat. conductor: Christoph von Dohnanyi)

Releases with multiple works of the same type:

  • Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 (The London Classical Players feat. conductor: Roger Norrington)
  • Symphonies Nos. 38 "Prague", 39 (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor: Herbert von Karajan)
  • Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 3 (Cleveland Orchestra feat. conductor: George Szell, piano: Leon Fleisher)
  • Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 (New Philharmonia Orchestra feat. conductor: Otto Klemperer, piano: Daniel Barenboim) (disc 1)
  • Piano Sonatas Nos. 12-14, 19 (feat. piano: Alfred Brendel)
  • Violin Concertos Nos. 1, 3, 4 (feat. violin: Viktoria Mullova)
  • Violin Concertos Nos. 2, 3, 5 (feat. violin: Zino Francescatti)

Releases with multiple works of different types:

  • Requiem in D minor / Ave verum corpus / Missa Brevis in D minor (Kölner Kammerchor & Collegium Cartusianum feat. conductor: Peter Neumann) (disc 1)
  • Eine Kleine Nachtmusik / Posthorn Serenade (Cleveland Orchestra feat. conductor: George Szell)
  • Requiem in D minor / Kyrie in D minor (La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale Gent, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées feat. conductor: Philippe Herreweghe)
  • Symphonies Nos. 6, 8 / King Stephen Overture (feat. conductor: Leonard Bernstein)
  • Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter" / Marriage of Figaro Overture (Royal Promenade Orchestra feat. Nigel Simpson)