User:BarryJ/Help-Music publication pages
A music publication page is included in the Category Music publications. A music publication
- Is a book, score, or pamphlet
- Has several to many works
- Contains a title page usually stating the publisher or editor, and often the date.
A music publication is not the same as a work, although there is some overlap between the two concepts. Usually a work is included in the original (first) publication, and may also be included in other publications that follow the first one.
Each of the works in the second column has a link to the publication page within its Published line.
usually includes music first published there. There are other categories of music publication pages, though, including
- Reference publications
- Lyrics publications
Titles of publication pages
Publication pages should be given a title as short as possible, so the publication can be distinguished from others. For example, on the original title page of Southern Harmony, the title has 97 words:
All of these words are important for understanding the publication, but the title of the publication page should be a lot shorter.
Some suggestions about the title of a publication:
- A title should begin with the same few words that begin the title page of the publication, unless those words are a slogan, a quotation, or an advertisement.
- Titles should appear in the same language as published, not translated. A publications should be recognizable to speakers of the language in which it was published.
- Editors may correct the spelling of older works, if they find it desirable
- Research and other authoritative websites should be consulted. What is the most commonly accepted form of the title?
- Numbers beginning titles should be spelled out.
- If possible, keep the title of the publication page to 45 characters or fewer.
If a publication contains music by only one composer, then the composer's name should be added to the title in parenthesis. If a qualifier is needed to distinguish publications with the same or similar titles, it can be added after the title. Examples include:
- Select Harmony (Oliver Brownson) and Select Harmony (Andrew Law), two different books with different compilers
- Carmina Christo 1791 (Thomas Haweis) and Carmina Christo 1792 (Thomas Haweis), two different books by the same author with the same title
- Music in Miniature (William Billings), a publication compiled by William Billings, but there are other books with similar titles
- Quatriesme livre des chansons a 4 et 5 parties (Orlando di Lasso), a book of compositions all by Orlando di Lasso