Greetings. Some questions and thoughts about recordings-works relationships. Need your opinion about how to correctly credit and link all this stuff. I’ll describe some cases with examples i have met in my practice and say what i think about this.
So a cases:
Recording is a production music track which is based on classical/traditional work. Example:
Alibi Music Library
Click on individual track to see detailed info - note that every track has its own writer(s) and every work exists as separate entity (i.e. it registered in PRO). I suppose the same is true in case of movie or a game OST.
Recording is a track from movie OST, which in turn is based on cuesheet works (example:)
Hans Zimmer Website
Project details info block shows so-called movie cuesheet, i.e. tracklist of works that directly used in the movie, while tracks from OST - just a compilation from cuesheet works. “Album assembly” here shows just how OST is compilated.
Recording is a track from game OST and partially based on work from previous chapter. Example:
Assassin's Creed Origins Original Game Soundtrack | 180694 - VGMdb
Note the bottom line: “Ezio’s Family” originally composed by Jesper Kyd. Here are works data:
So here are my thoughts:
Link recording directly to the original classical work, while not creating a separate work. Current composer would be arranger + original composer at work level.
“-”: These works registered in PROs and i suppose they should exist as separate works in MB as well. They seems to me like “new content” instead rearrangement of original classic + many of them are electronic versions.
Add classical composer as additional composer to the new work.
“+”: Some works in PROs already credited in this way, some list only “public domain”/“traditional” record instead certain composer, some list only current composer - so there is no single standard and i suppose its depends on publisher/label. Also such cases are also true for example for games/movies, where composer from the previous chapter is credited along with composer from the newer one.
“-”: (imho): original composer credited along with the current one seems to me like so-composing, i.e. like authors worked together instead one just used the work of another. Also while browsing discography of the classical composer user can be surpised that he composed many “new” works in “another epoch”.
Link recording to both works: newly one and the original.
“+”: We have separate work with trailer composer while linking to the original classical work.
“-”: Perhaps it could be hard for editor to find a correct original classical work for linking if he doesnt know repertoire too well, esp. when trailer track doesnt mention original composition. Also there probably could be a cases where original classical work doesnt exist yet in MB.
“?”: I am not sure how would music players treat track metadata with several works assigned. I mean if in music player you have layout that show tracks by composer would the player show both composers (classical and trailer one) from the file with 2 works assigned?
What do you think?