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In releases where classical works are arranged, remixed, or otherwise substantially modified by the primary performer, that performer should be designated both as [[Release Artist|ReleaseArtist]] and [[Track Artist|TrackArtist]].  The composer(s) should be attributed only by [[Advanced Relationships|AdvancedRelationships]] of the [[Composer Relationship Type|ComposerRelationshipType]] either to the whole album (if there is only one composer), or the individual tracks (if there are several composers).  
 
In releases where classical works are arranged, remixed, or otherwise substantially modified by the primary performer, that performer should be designated both as [[Release Artist|ReleaseArtist]] and [[Track Artist|TrackArtist]].  The composer(s) should be attributed only by [[Advanced Relationships|AdvancedRelationships]] of the [[Composer Relationship Type|ComposerRelationshipType]] either to the whole album (if there is only one composer), or the individual tracks (if there are several composers).  
 
<ul><li style="list-style-type:none">Example: [http://musicbrainz.org/album/f264b968-4e65-4b6c-8cbb-340f13cc77c0.html Béla Fleck: Perpetual Motion] [http://musicbrainz.org/release/4bf341d5-f1f9-421a-ba45-d927965ca209.html Jacques Loussier: Play Bach No. 1]  
 
<ul><li style="list-style-type:none">Example: [http://musicbrainz.org/album/f264b968-4e65-4b6c-8cbb-340f13cc77c0.html Béla Fleck: Perpetual Motion] [http://musicbrainz.org/release/4bf341d5-f1f9-421a-ba45-d927965ca209.html Jacques Loussier: Play Bach No. 1]  
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==(Classical Arrangements that are not "Covers")==
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In the above examples the artists consistently transform works into their own style.  However, Classical performers also occasionally arrange a work so that they may perform it in a straightforward manner alongside other works that have not been arranged. An example would be
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<ul><li style="list-style-type:none">[Composer's] [Piece] from [Album (feat. Performer)].  Here one would credit [Composer] as the [[Track Artist|TrackArtist]] and indicate [Performer's] arrangement with an [[Arranger Relationship Type|ArrangerRelationshipType]]. - ''We need a good example that is already edited the way we would like.  I don't seem to actually own one (and thus don't have access to a rock-solid arranger credit).  Here is [http://musicbrainz.org/release/f2a1dc5d-d6e2-4e49-b477-4910169eb023.html a disk full of good examples], but we'd want the arranger credits to be in there.'' - '''bklynd'''
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Also, when one composer has arranged a work by another, one would use the same plan:
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<ul><li style="list-style-type:none">[http://musicbrainz.org/release/7c01c281-4c46-4113-9d98-58d904637372.html Franz Schubert's German Dances, D. 820 as arranged by Anton Webern] should be entered with Schubert as the [[Track Artist|TrackArtist]], and connected to Webern via the [[Arranger Relationship Type|ArrangerRelationshipType]]. [http://test.musicbrainz.org/release/911dbaa2-83c7-4925-ac82-4e4a88fc1a83.html Benjamin Britten's arrangement of the tune "Tom Bowling"] should be entered with [trad.] as the [[Track Artist|TrackArtist]] and connected to Britten via the [[Arranger Relationship Type|ArrangerRelationshipType]].
 
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Revision as of 19:46, 10 October 2006

Style for determining Release Artists on *classical* Releases

The ClassicalStyleGuide states that the ReleaseArtist of a classical Release should always be either the composer or (in releases with multiple composers) VariousArtists. However, we make the following exceptions:

Mixed recitals by a performer or group

In cases where a release features a single performer or group and contains works from multiple composers, that performer or group may be designated the ReleaseArtist, with each TrackArtist assigned to the appropriate composer.

Important notes: Do not create new Artists for performer collaborations (such as "Herbert von Karajan & The Berlin Philharmonic.") Also, do not use this style for conductors who are also composers (such as Leonard Bernstein or Pierre Boulez.)

"Selections" or "Highlights"

In addition, releases which feature a single group or performer and contain "selections" or "highlights" (pieces that are not present in their complete form) from a single composer may be entered with the performer as ReleaseArtist (and the composer as the TrackArtist.)

Classical "Covers"

In releases where classical works are arranged, remixed, or otherwise substantially modified by the primary performer, that performer should be designated both as ReleaseArtist and TrackArtist. The composer(s) should be attributed only by AdvancedRelationships of the ComposerRelationshipType either to the whole album (if there is only one composer), or the individual tracks (if there are several composers).

(Classical Arrangements that are not "Covers")

In the above examples the artists consistently transform works into their own style. However, Classical performers also occasionally arrange a work so that they may perform it in a straightforward manner alongside other works that have not been arranged. An example would be

  • [Composer's] [Piece] from [Album (feat. Performer)]. Here one would credit [Composer] as the TrackArtist and indicate [Performer's] arrangement with an ArrangerRelationshipType. - We need a good example that is already edited the way we would like. I don't seem to actually own one (and thus don't have access to a rock-solid arranger credit). Here is a disk full of good examples, but we'd want the arranger credits to be in there. - bklynd

Also, when one composer has arranged a work by another, one would use the same plan:

More Temporary Examples

Rather than these various and somewhat difficult to interpret conditions, perhaps we would be better off illustrating the distinction with a batch of examples. With any luck looking at those would let people calibrate their intuitive notion of whether the disc is "about the composer" or "about the performer".

References