Hi everyone !
After using MB for a long time, I thought it was time to start contributing. I tried reading as much documentation as possible, especially the classical guidelines as classical is my main interest, but I still have some questions about various topics. I apologize if there are obvious questions.
First, I’m wondering about this opera : https://musicbrainz.org/work/7697b2ec-036a-419a-9dc6-5b49465ba49f
Each scene is a separate work, which doesn’t seem to follow the guidelines ("Note: In opera, “scenes” are instructions about who appears on
stage (e.g. “Don Giovanni. Zerlina”), and/or what should take place
(e.g. “Kurwenal enters boisterously through the curtains”). A scene is
not an independent work in an opera. Furthermore, scenes can change
completely independent of the music, sometimes several times during a
single number. In general you should not create “scene works” as a
container for numbers. ).
What would be the correct way to structure this work ? My understanding is that there should be one work per act, and then one work per tableau as part of the acts. Am I correct ? (the fact that there is only one recording of this work in the database probably explain that works follow the tracklist).
Then, some questions about cover art.
A lot of labels now offer pdf booklets on their website, e.g. Kairos, hyperion, chandos etc…
What is the proper way to add theses to the database ? Is it even a good idea ? For example the booklet of https://musicbrainz.org/release/ec915739-6e65-4a7a-b18c-61265a34d053 is available at https://www.kairos-music.com/sites/default/files/downloads/0013222KAI.pdf : can this be considered as artwork of the CD release ? Or only of the digital release ? Nowadays most recordings have a physical and a digital release at the same time, both virtually identical, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a separate digital release on musicbrainz (except when it differs from the physical one).
Also, I wondered if there is a simple way or a tool to download all the artwork of a release, rather than opening each picture and saving it.
Finally, I made (perhaps too hastily) my first edit on this release group : https://musicbrainz.org/release-group/ca80411f-58aa-36d9-8952-631754158841
I would be very grateful if someone could check if I made any mistake, and tell me if further improvements could be made.
I love musicbrainz and the way it is organized, and I hope to contribute actively. I suppose it isn’t that hard when you are used to it, but as a new member it feels like a huge amount of information to integrate.
Thanks in advance for your answers !