User:PBryan/Musical Soundtrack Style

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Status: Implemented! This page describes a proposal which is now official and has been implemented.



Proposal number: RFC-287
Champion: pbryan
Current status: Passed and Implemented
This proposal was not tracked in Trac.


These ProposedStyleGuidelines apply to soundtracks for musical theater or films. These are works where songs are performed by the actors as part of the work (but not operas, which are covered by ClassicalStyleGuide and OperaTrackStyle, nor live (non-theatrical) performances by musical groups). See also SoundtrackStyle and SoundtrackTitleStyle (which apply mostly to film and video game soundtracks, but do overlap this).

Basic Guidelines

  • The ReleaseArtist should be the composer (or specific well-known collaborations, listed below), not the performer(s).
    • Where performer information is available, it should be indicated using AdvancedRelationships.
      • Except in the case of FictitiousArtists, the actual performers should be used, not the characters
  • The ReleaseTitle is just the title of the musical. The title should exclude secondary information such as "Original Soundtrack", "Music from," etc. except that
    • Performance cast (with year) may be used if required to distinguish the release from other versions of the soundtrack, for example Carousel (1956 Film Cast).

Well-known collaborations

An exception is made to credit well-known composer/lyricist collaborations as Release Artist. These exceptions are:

  • Gilbert & Sullivan
  • Kander & Ebb
  • Lerner & Loewe
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein
  • Rodgers & Hart
  • Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Claude-Michel Schönberg & Alain Boublil
  • Tom Eyen & Henry Krieger

Examples