Category talk:Music publications
I propose that this page be reorganized, into about multiple subcategories. I'd reserve this category "Music Publications" for books about choral music, and music dictionaries.
Among the new categories I suggest are "Choral collections", page cataloguing collections of scores books and collections. I also propose as a new category, "Music Education Publications" for pedagogical materials. It might be worth considering another page, too: "Music Publishers" a listing of publishers of choral music, which might provide information about when a particular publisher was established, and what happened to it.
On further reflection, I believe I'd define a new category could be created for books about choral music, and music dictionaries, and use the Music Publications page (which needs to be added to the navigation contents bar) as a Meta page, listing all of the subcategories. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Mjolnir (talk • contribs) on 03:14, 1 April 2006.
- I quite agree with the suggestions above, and also have to add that the sorting order in this category needs to be redefined: sometimes publications are sorted by title and other times by composer name. Since there are publications that were a compilation of works by many composers, I suggest that only title be used as sorting key. -- CarlosTalk 10:24, 17 June 2008 (PDT)
- The page should have both a unified listing for publications and also hosting different parallel ways to subcategorize works, such as by era (e.g. Renaissance choral collections). -- Vaarky 20:58, 20 April 2010 (UTC)
Organization of Category:Music Publications page
Are there guidelines for how to list publications on this page? I notice that most of them are listed by title. If that's the way most users want it, that's all right, but I think a listing by author or editor would be more helpful. Could the list include publication date(s)? As it is, it covers a very broad range of genre and era.
As my library increases, I too have some suggestions for subcategories. These could also be categories of their own, especially if there is no one willing to do the task of reforming the general bibliography.
- Music books of early America, 1640-1820
- Shape note music books, 19th Century to present
- Hymns and sacred poetry by original authors (Dwight, Cowper, Newton, Watts, Whitefield, the Wesleys, etc.; to exclude hymnbooks, covered better elsewhere)
- Scholarly treatises and monographs on choral music
Hi, Barry--thanks for raising this. I think it's a good idea to think about subcategories along the lines you suggest, and it would be good to expand the page further as a resource.
Regarding your suggested categories, I am no expert or authority, but think making them more concise and putting the more significant descriptors early in the title is a better approach, e.g.:
I hope other users will have additional opinions to contribute.
I have been thinking about listing this page by author, so I composed a test page User:Bcjohnston523/Test Music literature just to see what it would look like without changing anyone's page titles. Notice this would require formulation of a ShortName, because some of the titles are quite long.