Style guidance on classical works required


#1

I’ve read the style guidance, but am not sure about when it is advisable to split a work into smaller parts. For example, this one: https://musicbrainz.org/work/91ceabb1-a48f-4ef2-ba9f-d30204e8e8fb has 52 parts. I would have thought it a good idea to create an intermediate level of the three Acts. Is that right? If so, what is the best way of editing to achieve this?


#2

Creating the acts would be good, but there’s no better way (unless @loujin has some magic for that) than just editing every work-work part of relationship, which is a pain.


#3

Agreed. I’ve added a few operas the way you describe (an aria is part of an act, which is part of an opera), and while it reflects the structure of the opera, it’s a pain to enter by hand. Unfortunately, I don’t have any software to split up by acts this way.


#4

I created the new intermediate work levels (1 for each Act). Then I wasn’t sure whether to edit the existing link or to add the new one and delete the old. I opted for the latter approach - hope that was right - so the deletions are now votable. Some way of bulk editing would be nice - it was a bit of a pain editing 52 works in one go.


#5

If you can find a release with all the works linked (presumably fairly easy, though I didn’t try), you can use the relationship editor. Being able to add the “part of” relationship to 10 things at a time, and quickly delete the old one by hitting “x”, will make it a lot quicker.


#6

@reosarevok: no magic script at the moment (except the ‘batch-rename subworks’ that helps fixing basic typos on all subworks). If someone has a precise idea on where a userscript will help I’m ready to write it.

When I cleaned Wagner’s operas I used the relationship editor a lot to apply all changes at once. Being an autoeditor helped a lot too :slight_smile: