Hi! A while ago I came across this edit removing arrangers from track artists in a classical release. @finalsummer does of course have a point - the current track artist guideline has no mention of arrangers at all, and just says “The Track Artist field should contain just the composer; not the performer(s)”.
It’s my understanding that a fair amount of editors do add arrangers to the track artist when they are given a similar prominence on the tracklist as the composer is (so, in cases like “Mussorgsky, orch. Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition” or “Bach, arr. Busoni: Chaconne in D minor”). I think that makes a lot of sense, but we really should codify it as a guideline of some sort if we want to do it So some questions here:
Should we list arrangers as part of the track artist? And if so:
a) Should we list arrangers if they’re listed on the release at all?
b) Should we list arrangers only if they’re listed at a similar level of importance as the composers?
If we decide to list them, should we normalize how arrangers are listed, or should we just try and follow whatever the release does?
a) Do we keep “Bach arr. Busoni”, “Bach / Busoni”, etc just as-is?
b) Do we consistently use “Bach / Busoni”? (that’s what I’ve been doing, personally)
c) Do we consistently use a more descriptive option such as “Bach arr./orch./trans./ Busoni”? This seems like a valid option too and I know some editors prefer it - my only worry with it is it’s quite language-dependent.
In any case, I’d like to see proper discussion about how to best do this