History:CSGv2/Work Proposal

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Status: This page describes an active style guideline proposal and is not official.

Proposal number: RFC-82
Champion: BrianFreud
Current status: Awaiting NGS implementation for final revision and passage.


Trac ticket # 4426

The Classical Style Guidelines:

CSG for Works

Official Documentation > Style Guidelines > The Classical Style Guidelines
Title: Work and Opus | Movement | Ornamentation | Special Cases

Status: Everything below this point is in need of cleanup for CSGv2

Note: These are advanced guidelines. Typically, only editors who specialize in editing classical works will need to reference these guidelines.

Work Artist

Please reference CSG for Works: Work Artist for guidelines regarding the correct artist(s) for works.

Work Title

Please reference CSG for Works: Work Title for guidelines regarding how to format the titles of works.

Pre-NGS CSG Standard Project works lists are listed at CSG Standard.

The Classical Style Guidelines (CSG) for Works is a structural framework which allows us to order the disparate data relating to a classical work into a structure which is consistent, logical, and comprehensible. Classical works are performed by many groups world-wide, yet often these works have no definitive title. CSG is intended to allow releases containing these works to be stored within the database and named in a clear and consistent manner.

Is there one particular CSG for Works?

Any language and script can be used with CSG for Works to form work titles.

What is CSG for Works not?

CSG for Works is not intended to provide titles for works where they already exist, i.e., where a classical composer has already provided distinct titles for some or all of his works (e.g.: Steve Reich, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Benjamin Britten).[1] Even in such cases, however, CSG for Works may be used for elements of a title which are not clearly specified by the composer, e.g. the specific numbering scheme used for movements of a composition.

Language and Script: server limitations

Until the server is capable of supporting multiple language titles for the same work listing, please use a Romance or Germanic language written in Latin script (e.g. English, French, German, Italian, Latin, or Spanish) when forming CSG for Works titles.

Russian written with cyrillic script might seem the most correct for Tchaikovsky, but we still want the work titles to be usable by the largest possible segment of users. In such cases, the most correct language and script is not the same as the most useful language and script. The alternative, entering the same work many times, in different languages and scripts, would only result in a fragmentation of work listings, limiting the usefulness of works. The same exact composition should only ever be entered as a work once, regardless of the language and script used.

Whichever language is used, please remain consistent with the existing work listings. If the existing works entries for an artist have German CSG for Works titles, please use continue the use of German CSG for Works titles when adding additional works to that artist's works listing. If there is disagreement as to the best language to be used for an artist's Works listing, then the style council should be consulted for a decision on which language is to be used.

  1. This is because the Artist Intent style principle is superior to the guidelines of CSGv2.