A standard format for titling topics containing scores, mp3s or videos has been introduced to make it easier to search for musical works on the forum, and members are asked to read the following guidance carefully and use the principles given when titling their own posts.
To make sorting more effective, the standard title layout works on the principle of going from the most important to the less important elements. This allows each opus to be grouped logically together when sorting.
The format of elements is:
Composer's surname, forename - op.xx/xx Title - tags
eg. Granados, Enrique - op.37/02 Oriental - D08 Duo
In more detail:
1. Composer's name.
Surname (comma) first name or initials (dash)
eg. Bach, J. S. -
or Granados, Enrique -
or Anon. -
(Where there is a single forename, it should be given. Where there are more, just give the initials. There should be a space after the comma, between the initials, and before and after the dash, as in the examples. Anonymous and traditional pieces should all be given as Anon. In the case of a forum member, the member's username may optionally replace the surname and forename.)
2. Opus and number.
Opus and number if present, in the format op.xx/xx with leading zeroes for correct sorting,
(hence op.37/02 and not op.37 no.2, nor op.37/2)
(Exceptionally, in the case of Mauro Giuliani, the opus and number should be written as op.xxx/xx)
(Note the lower case "o", and that there is no space between the "op." and the number)
Similarly, where a catalogue number is used, as for Bach's works, it should be padded out with leading zeroes to its maximum length (eg. BWV 0999, BWV 0003).
Note that in the case of the lessons of J. S. Ságreras, the number of the book is given first as a single digit, then an oblique stroke, then the number of the lesson, padded out to 2 digits if necessary.
eg. Ságreras, J. S. - 1/49 Lesson
(representing lesson 49 from book 1 - don't confuse this with an opus number)
eg. Prelude in C minor
The first tag is always preceded by a dash, with a space before and after it. There are four types of tags
a. Level tag.
As already announced here
, the level of a piece should be indicated if possible with a tag from D01 to D12 (preceded by a dash), relating to the levels of the Delcamp score collection. (see the linked topic, which has been updated, for more information). This will allow all pieces of a given level to be found by searching.
(If unsure of the level, you can omit the tag, or check to see whether the piece has been posted before and use the level tag that was used there).
b. Number of instruments tag.
Where a piece is written for 2, 3, 4 or more instruments, this should be indicated by one of the following tags written after the Level tag if it is present:
The tag is preceded by a dash (eg. " - Duo") unless a Level tag is already present, in which case one dash can serve for both (eg. " - D05 Duo").
Note that the tag is not necessary if the word is already part of the title and will be found in a search anyway.
c. Instrument tag.
Where the instrument used is not a classical guitar, and is not otherwise mentioned in the title, it should be indicated with a tag. For instance:
- Renaissance guitar
- 7string guitar
- 10string guitar
As above, in the case of multi-string guitars, be sure not
to insert a space or hyphen after the number, as that will make it impossible to find with the forum search engine.
d. Format tag.
In the case of a video, the tag "- Video" is added to the end of the title.
In the case of an OGG file, the tag "- Ogg" is added.
Absence of a format tag indicates that the recording is an MP3.
(The previous tags of , etc., have been abandoned as they were not recognised by the forum search tool).
Some examples of the new titles:
Carcassi, Matteo - op.60/03 Etude - D05
Sor, Fernando - op.06/03 Etude, Segovia no.11 - D07
Bach, J. S. - BWV 0999 Prelude in C minor - D07
Granados, Enrique - op.37/02 Oriental - D08 Duo
If there is room left for supplementary information, such as which suite a movement comes from, it may be given after the title. However, we are limited by the forum software to a maximum of 60 characters for titles, including spaces. Any amount of extra information can be given within the text of the post, but the important thing in the title is to give the essentials in a consistent format.
The instructions above apply to posts containing mp3s, videos, and scores. In the case of scores, please add the tag [PDF] or [JPG] at the start of the title as before, e.g. [PDF] Sor, Fernando - op.35/13 Etude - D04
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