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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, conductor: Herbert von Karajan)
  • Symphonies Nos. 5, 6 "Pastoral" (The London Classical Players, conductor: Roger Norrington)
  • Symphony No. 3 "Eroica" / Egmont Overture (Berliner Philharmoniker, 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, conductor: Karl Bohm) (disc 1)
  • Symphony No. 9 "Choral" (Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conductor: Zdeněk Mácal)
  • Symphony No. 9 "Choral" (Cleveland Orchestra, conductor: Christoph von Dohnanyi)

Releases with multiple works of the same type:

  • Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 (The London Classical Players, conductor: Roger Norrington)
  • Symphonies Nos. 38 "Prague", 39 (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor: Herbert von Karajan)
  • Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 3 (piano: Leon Fleisher, Cleveland Orchestra, conductor: George Szell)
  • Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 (piano: Daniel Barenboim, New Philharmonia Orchestra, conductor: Otto Klemperer) (disc 1)
  • Piano Sonatas Nos. 12-14, 19 (piano: Alfred Brendel)
  • Violin Concertos Nos. 1, 3, 4 (violin: Viktoria Mullova)
  • Violin Concertos Nos. 2, 3, 5 (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, conductor: Peter Neumann) (disc 1)
  • Eine Kleine Nachtmusik / Posthorn Serenade (Cleveland Orchestra, conductor: George Szell)
  • Requiem in D minor / Kyrie in D minor (La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale Gent, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, conductor: Philippe Herreweghe)
  • Symphonies Nos. 6, 8 / King Stephen Overture (conductor: Leonard Bernstein)
  • Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter" / Marriage of Figaro Overture (Royal Promenade Orchestra, Nigel Simpson)