User:Hawke/Guides/CSG Intro

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The Classical Style Guide (CSG) is a set of guidelines that explains how (and when) "classical" music should be handled differently from "non-classical" in Musicbrainz. "Classical" is used here in the broadest sense, and is not meant to refer specifically to the Classical Period in Western music.

In a nutshell

Follow this checklist, and classical editing gets a lot easier.

The basics:

  1. Add the label and the catalog number. These are usually found on the spine. Guide.
  2. Use the title as it appears on the cover. Composer or performer names do not belong in the titles. Titles of classical releases are often just a list of works. Details.
  3. Use only the artists that appear on the cover. Composers first, then performers. Use full names, not just last names.Details.
  4. Track artist should be the composer, or [unknown]. Details.

More advanced:

  1. Add performance relationships.
  2. Add work relationships.
  3. Set the recording artist to the performer.



Release and Release Group Title

Release and Release Group Artist

Track Artist


Recording Artist