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The [[Classical Style Guide|ClassicalStyleGuide]] states that the [[Release Artist|ReleaseArtist]] of a classical [[Release]] should always be the composer. We make an exception with recitals by a single performer:  
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The [[Classical Style Guide|ClassicalStyleGuide]] states that the [[Release Artist|ReleaseArtist]] of a classical Release should always be either the composer or (in releases with multiple composers) [[Various Artists|VariousArtists]]. However, we make the following exceptions:  
  
In cases where a release contains only work(s) performed primarily by a single group or individual, e.g
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==Mixed recitals by a performer or group==
* it is "about the performer" rather than "about the composer", or
 
* it can be attributed to a single performer or group, or
 
* the performer is credited prominently on the release,
 
  
that artist may be used as the [[Release Artist|ReleaseArtist]] if any one of the following conditions is met:
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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 [[Release Artist|ReleaseArtist]], with each [[Track Artist|TrackArtist]] assigned to the appropriate composer.
# The works are composed by different composers, and the album would otherwise be attributed to [[Various Artists|VariousArtists]]  
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<ul><li style="list-style-type:none">Examples: [http://test.musicbrainz.org/release/8e18c6f3-cdec-4f60-a2bc-e5105c9edbf9.html Favorite Encores (feat. piano: Vladimir Horowitz)] [http://musicbrainz.org/release/d2a0f1ed-87da-4838-9d4c-5c5bfcf99ef0.html Black Angels (Kronos Quartet)] [http://musicbrainz.org/release/f2a2a7a1-e8a9-4010-b238-d3d2382cec51.html Passion of Callas (disc 1)] However, on a release like [http://musicbrainz.org/album/0736d1a9-d49d-49c5-bd9b-9ccbe9fc296e.html 3 Masses of the 20th Century (Mikaeli Kammarkör, Anders Eby)] there is no clear choice for primary performer.  (Also, the release emphasizes the contents rather than the performer.)  It must remain under [[Various Artists|VariousArtists]].    
# The tracks on the release, while all composed by one composer, are parts of multiple works, several of which are not present in their complete form or are drawn from different groups ("selections" or "highlights")
 
<ul><li style="list-style-type:none">[[Image:Attention.png]] This condition is explicitily disputed. See discussion on mb-style whether these should remain under the composer.  
 
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# The work(s) have all been arranged, remixed, or otherwise substantially modified by the primary performer
 
<ul><li style="list-style-type:none">I appreciate the incorporation of some of my suggested language, but now the structure is getting tortuous. (In cases where ABC you can do this if 123.2 is disputed and may not pass, and 3 has also been discussed as "classical covers" - people seem to like that conceptual label. (As a matter of fact, it suddenly seems to me like a "classical covers" record does not deserve to be called a "recital.")  So maybe a totally new draft will eventually just focus on 1, more like my original draft. - [[bklynd]]
 
<ul><li style="list-style-type:none">OK, I have posted an alternate draft at [[User:DaveSmey|DaveSmey]], which proposes a totally different flow but retains most of this content. - [[User:DaveSmey|DaveSmey]]   
 
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In the first case, the album should be entered with
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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.)
* the composers as the [[Track Artist|TrackArtist]]<code><nowiki></nowiki></code>s for each of the tracks (unless the third case applies)
 
* the performer as the [[Release Artist|ReleaseArtist]].  
 
  
In the second case, the album should be entered with
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=="Selections" or "Highlights"==
* the composer as the [[Track Artist|TrackArtist]] for each of the tracks (unless the third case applies)
 
* the performer as the [[Release Artist|ReleaseArtist]].
 
  
In the third case, the [[Classical Style Guide|ClassicalStyleGuide]] does not really apply. The album should be entered as a single artist release with  
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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 [[Release Artist|ReleaseArtist]] (and the composer as the [[Track Artists|TrackArtists]].)  
* the performer as the [[Release Artist|ReleaseArtist]]  
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<ul><li style="list-style-type:none">[http://musicbrainz.org/release/60b7de8d-da8a-4b89-bed0-d7817feb3470.html Arias] Callas sings only Puccini --> [[Release Artist|ReleaseArtist]] = Callas [http://musicbrainz.org/album/a887d363-1eb7-4738-9b3a-fbcd71bdb059.html Kathleen Battle Sings Mozart] --> [[Release Artist|ReleaseArtist]] = Mozart (this is disputed and should probably be an optional clause in the RFV)  
* 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).
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==Details==
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==Classical "Covers"==
  
Do not create new [[Artist]]s for collaborations that are not otherwise referred to (e.g. by other releases or [[Advanced Relationships|AdvancedRelationships]]) such as "Herbert von Karajan & The Berlin Philharmonic."!
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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).
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<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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==Examples==
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==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".  
 
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".  

Revision as of 22:46, 6 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 TrackArtists.)

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).

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