Formatting classical releases can be tricky, but we’ll help you Handel it.
Classical releases uploaded through RouteNote have to have the title formatted completely correctly, according to academic standards.
Generally speaking, we’re looking for four elements in a classical track title:
[Major Work Title] in [Key], [Opus Number]: [Movement Title]
Sometimes, a work of classical music isn’t typically written with all four of the elements listed previously. If this is the case, then omit them when you title your release. For example, “Abdelazer” by Henry Purcell typically isn’t written with a key, so in this case you’d go with:
Abdelazer, Z.570: II. Rondeau
‘Salut d’Amour’ by Edward Elgar is typically written without a key, and isn’t part of one big work split into bits; it’s just one tune on its own. So in this case standard formatting for the title is:
Salut d’Amour, Op. 12
If a piece has a nickname it’s commonly known by that isn’t a part of the original title, you can put that in speechmarks between the work number and the movement title, like this:
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 “Enigma”: Var. IX. Nimrod Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2, “Moonlight Sonata”: I. Adagio sostenuto
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