French in classical music (Proposal Draft)
This is the guideline for titles or parts of titles in French. Do not assume that anything expressed here is valid for other languages.
Catalogue, opus & number
Catalogues should always be preceded by comma and space.
Opus should always be lower-cased and abbreviated: op. (There should be a space before the number).
Number should always be lower-cased and abbreviatedand: nᵒ (There should be a space before the number).
Specific catalogues (eg. Köchel) should follow their usual capitalization.
op. 27 nᵒ 3
Symphonie nᵒ 5
String Quartet in D major, op. 11
The word "in" should always precede the key name.
If the key name contain the words "sharp" or "flat", they should be in lower case and a hyphen should be used as delimiter.
The words "majeur" & "mineur" are always lower-cased. Do not add "majeur" or "mineur" if these words are omitted in the source; tonality is sometimes expressed with capitalization: Upper case = majeur, lower case = mineur.
- Using "majeur" or "mineur" is the preferred style for generic Works titles in English
in C-sharp minor
Concerto in c
Symphony in E major
Suite no. 4 in E-flat, BWV 1010
English titles in general should follow MusicBrainz's standard capitalization for French, but librettos and quotes should always follow sentence style.
Always use double quotes in English titles.
Songs of Travel: The Roadside Fire
Songs of Travel: Bright is the ring of words
Nocturne from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
"Träume" - "Schmerzen" from the "Wesendonck" Lieder