|Status: This page describes an active style guideline proposal and is not official.|
Classical track titles should be entered as they are on the liner, following normal MusicBrainz style guidelines, with the exceptions listed here.
Track names are subtitles
On a classical release, tracknames are often subtitles of a multi-part work, for example a symphony with four movements. The main title must be repeated for all tracks, so we don't lose the context. Use a colon as delimiter.
If the liner presents this:
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
No. 9 in E flat major K 271
3. Rondo: Presto
Then the track titles should be entered as:
1. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 9 in E-flat major K 271 "Jeunehomme": Allegro
2. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 9 in E-flat major K 271 "Jeunehomme": Andante
3. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 9 in E-flat major K 271 "Jeunehomme": Rondo: Presto
and NOT as:
3. Rondo: Presto
- For large works, the main title isn't always written close to the tracks, it could even be the title of the disc.
Multiple tracklists on one release
If there are more than one name available on a release, use the more detailed version. Usually what's inside the booklet is better than what's on the backside of the cover.
Capitalization should follow standard capitalization for the language, but librettos & quotes should follow sentence style. This applies to English too, even if English Cap. Standard says otherwise.
Liner with multiple languages
It's quite common that a track title is presented in multiple languages. Choose only one, and try to use the same language for all tracks on the release. Don't translate, only use text from the liner.
- If you want to enter translations, you must set the release status to "Pseudo-release".
Suite No. 1 in G, BWV 1007: Prélude
St John Passion, BWV 245: Part One: No. 1 Chorus Herr, unser Herrscher
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 35 (Concerto for piano, trumpet and strings): III Moderato — IV Allegro con brio
"Superman" Suite: (i) March of the Villains / (ii) Can You Read My Mind (Love Theme) / (iii) Main Theme
Ballet in G (from Schubert's Rosamunde)
"Hail, all hail to the Queen," from "Les Troyens"
From Cypresses, B. 152: No. 3 When thy sweet glances on me fall
Drei Motetten for Double-chorus a cappella, Op. 110: 1. Ich aber bin elend
Les nuits d'été, Op. 7: Le spectre de la rose (Alt)
Les Nuits d'été, op. 7: Villanelle. Allegretto
- It's very unlikely that a track name is only "III. Allegro".
- Don't add composers, librettists, performers or labels to the track title.