Classical music supertagging! 2005-03-25 19:15:32 Hi.I'm dealing with about 5000 tracks of classical music.As I don't often see specifically related posts, I thought to start this thread where people dealing with classical music can converge to help each other sharing their views, screenshots, config, picture links, experience and so on.As we well know, the big part of the online music world is by default focused on modern music rather then on classical - just look at the standard fields for tagging, pretty useless for the complexity the tagging of a classical piece usually involve - but, luckily enough, we found a player-database-manager that let us add all the fields we like.Of course, before starting to populate a database one should design it: I think the first step to take is to define which kind of information we want to deal with and then make a list of all the fields the db should have.Here's mine (by now):Standard fields (to be kept and filled for compatibility purpose)Artist - - think to put here a copy of the content of the most meaningful among "composer" or "performer" or "conductor" for that track or just the composerAlbum - - usually the publisher catalog number followed by a brief description of the content i.e. - xDG413796 - Chopin - Preludes - Pollini (I thought to put an "x" at the beginning of the album title to be able to list all of them together and not mixed up with non classical ones. Of course, any other code would be good, perhaps, the best would be "zzz" or "aaa" but for me an x is enough)Album artist - - I put here the name of the directory (artist) where the tracks are in. Of course this is where the various artists or VA standard discussion comes inTitle - - if the track is a piece by itself it's OK, otherwise it should start with the "work" name and then, after some character (- or : or else), the number of the movement and, after a space the name of the movementi.e. - Symphony No 9 in d min Op 125 - 01 Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestosoTracknumber - - as usualGenre - - just "classical" to selection purposeDate - - CD issuing year, useful for better identifing it with some guides or reviews where the CD number is not reported (yesterday I read a review of a Radu Lupu concert in Milan, where there was some words about a Grammy CD of his just indicated as "Schubert D960 and more" - Decca - 1994)Rating - - as usualI can't think of other standard fields... so let's dive into special or extended fields:Composer - - just to avoid any misunderstanding who the artist is. As we are not using a relational database, I think it would not be easy to store the composer infos in some other place so, one can think of putting birth and death dates between parenthesis if one likes and the nationality too. I just put the surname because I don't like reverse showing (Bach Johann Sebastian) and I'm not sure to remember all the composers first names so, for all the fields involving people names I decided to use only the surname. When two surnames are the same I just add the name initial at the end: Strauss Joh, Strauss Jos, Strauss RSubgenre - - it it usually referred as "musical form". What I mean is: Piano concert, Symphony, Preludes, and so on.It won't be always easy to pick the right term for a composition but there are many lists online where one can look in.Work - - this is where I put: Symphony No 9 in d min - op 125.As I said before, I add this also to the beginning of a track title for each track that's part of the work (see above)Opus #- - by now I have not an opus field because they are already in the track titles and in the work field but I'm thinking to add this field where to put the opus number alone. I still have to think about numbers after the opus one i.e. - Chopin Mazurka op 67 No 2Catalog # -- here I would put the Schubert "D" numbers or the Mozart "K" numbers or Bach "BWV" numbers. I dont know if it's worthwhile having a field by itself or make something different...Performers - - name of the performer + three spaces + (instrument)I added the three spaces for readibility in album list.Instruments - - the instruments used in the composition i.e. - Piano\Orchestra or Voices\Orchestra\Choir - (remember that you can easily deal with multiple values in the same field with FB. This is true but not for WMA files. In fact, I discovered it at my own expenses as I had to convert 200 GBs of WMA to WavPack)Conductor - - just the conductor of the orchestra. If it's a performer too it will appear in the performer field tooOrchestra - - the orchestra. Probably some kind of shortening would be useful...Mood - - as usualPeople - - if you are using WMAs you can think of a field that collects all the values of the other people fields and get them together. I abandoned this when I converted but it could be useful for quick searches.Issuing year - - it would be interesting putting here the birth date of the composition. I think it won't be always easy to get this kind of info unless you have a big music encyclopedia. This could be the starting point for some guru of ours to write a time line plugin to easily be aware of the time in which the piece was written 8maybe a graphical one.Cultural current -- sorry, I'm not mother tongue and I can't think of another way to express it.What I mean is to have here words like: romanticism, baroque, early classic, late classic, and so on. The problem would be to stick to a standard list of expressions. Probably it could be possible to get this automatically starting from the field above and then selecting a word from a list but, not being a programmer, I really don't know.Well, I think the thing it's alredy gone farher than I was thinking of so, let me stop here.Now, it's up to you.Enjoy.