Official way to write title of Sonata pieces

Posted by: ezpiano.org

Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 10/31/12 01:16 PM

For Clementi Sonatina Op. 36......
Which of these is official way of writing the title?

Sonatina in C Major Op.36, No.3: I: Spiritoso
Sonatina in C Major Op.36, No.3, 1st movement (Spiritoso)
Sonatina in C Major Op.36, #3, Spiritoso

Any other suggestions?
Posted by: John v.d.Brook

Re: Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 10/31/12 01:28 PM

When I'm printing programs, I usually go with #1:

Sonatina in C Major Op.36, No.3: I: Spiritoso
Posted by: kayvee

Re: Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 10/31/12 01:30 PM

Originally Posted By: John v.d.Brook
When I'm printing programs, I usually go with #1:

Sonatina in C Major Op.36, No.3: I: Spiritoso
+1

I think this is how it is listed in most syllabi and videos as well.
Posted by: Minniemay

Re: Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 10/31/12 06:01 PM

I usually do this (let's see if it lets me do it here):

Sonatina in C, Op. 36, no. 3
Spiritoso

Well, the preview doesn't show the indent (I indent Spiritoso 5 spaces).
Posted by: pianomouse

Re: Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 10/31/12 06:45 PM

For someone who's not a musician, I think that version two is easier to understand.
Posted by: ezpiano.org

Re: Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 10/31/12 10:04 PM

Sonatina in C, Op. 36, no. 3
Spiritoso


.....

the letter "n" of "no." need capital letter or small letter for official way?
Posted by: Minniemay

Re: Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 10/31/12 10:10 PM

Small
Posted by: ezpiano.org

Re: Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 10/31/12 11:06 PM

Compare this
Sonatina in C Major, Op.36, no.3: I: Spiritoso

to this

Sonatina in C Major, Op.36, no.3: I - Spiritoso

Which one is better?
Posted by: kayvee

Re: Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 11/01/12 01:58 AM

Sonatina in C Major, Op.36, no.3: I - Spiritoso

personally.
Posted by: ezpiano.org

Re: Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 11/01/12 04:32 AM

I am volunteering my time to create a program for local competition and for those playing same pieces, their teachers enter as follow:

Sonatina in C Major, op. 36, #1, 1st movement
Sonatina in C Major, Op. 36, No. 1-1st Move.
Sonatina in C, Op. 36 #1- Allegro

This is Clementi's Op.36. All these three entries is referring to same piece.

I am just amaze about how many different ways of writing the title of the pieces. I think somehow music teachers should unify the format of writing the title of the pieces so that no confusion happen.

So, would the correct writing should be:
Sonatina in C Major, Op.36, no.1: I - Allegro

Is this correct?
Posted by: Peter K. Mose

Re: Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 11/01/12 01:23 PM

EZ, it's nice that you care so much, but you're a little stuck on the idea of "correct" here. There is not one correct or official way of writing what you wish to write. I've written program notes for many arts organizations, and can assure you of this.

You are on the right track, but so were those other teachers. The goals are mainly reader understanding and consistency, I'd say.

I would probably echo Minniemay by suggesting the use of two lines, and write something like this:

Sonatina in C Major, Op. 36, No. 1
[Indent] Allegro (first movement)

I find the use of a colon, a Roman numeral, and a dash in your version all slow my reading and comprehension. OTH, it does you save a line versus my version. So it's up to you. You wouldn't have to add the parenthetical words "first movement" if you don't like them.

My only real suggestion to you is to capitalize the letter "n" of the abbreviated word "Number," since you capitalized the "o" of the abbreviated word "Opus." But conversely you could just as readily use a small "o" for "opus" and a small "n" for "number."

Good luck. This stuff is indeed annoying and fussy, but ultimately you just make some choices and get that program printed. If you can do that without typos, that's already quite an achievement! :-)
Posted by: AZNpiano

Re: Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 11/01/12 02:20 PM

Just be consistent. There is not one "correct" way to write sonatina titles. I do programs for my branch every year, and I've decided that piano teachers are very bad at following directions, either that or they don't read directions. So it's up to the program-maker to clean up all the errors. We have teachers who spell "Beethoven" incorrectly! You get a lot of those errors when the majority of the teachers' first language is not English.

You will not please everybody. Some older people are adamant about the way they capitalize titles since they've been using the same capitalization rules for the past 40 years. Just tell them to get lost. Or, better yet, ask them to volunteer making the programs next year!
Posted by: John v.d.Brook

Re: Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 11/01/12 02:40 PM

Originally Posted By: AZNpiano
Some older people are adamant about the way they capitalize titles since they've been using the same capitalization rules for the past 40 years. Just tell them to get lost.

Or you could learn from them. But the wisdom of age is often lost on the exuberance of youth. It cuts both ways!
Posted by: AZNpiano

Re: Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 11/01/12 03:23 PM

Originally Posted By: John v.d.Brook
Or you could learn from them. But the wisdom of age is often lost on the exuberance of youth. It cuts both ways!

My point is that writing conventions change. Grammar--or in this case capitalization, punctuation, and spacing--does change. The prescriptive grammar of yesteryear is no longer taught in schools, and, for better or for worse, it is being replaced by a system of descriptive grammar to reflect how people actually use the language.
Posted by: keystring

Re: Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 11/01/12 04:41 PM

Originally Posted By: AZNpiano
Originally Posted By: John v.d.Brook
Or you could learn from them. But the wisdom of age is often lost on the exuberance of youth. It cuts both ways!

My point is that writing conventions change. Grammar--or in this case capitalization, punctuation, and spacing--does change. The prescriptive grammar of yesteryear is no longer taught in schools, and, for better or for worse, it is being replaced by a system of descriptive grammar to reflect how people actually use the language.

AZN, where are the standards being established in the field of music? Is there a central place that oversees such standards? Would these be international in English speaking countries? In my present field I have to adhere to the standards of various professions, and they often do have a central body which actually publish such standards, especially when there are changes. So when you say they have changed, then it would be good for everyone to be up to speed if there is some body overseeing this.
Posted by: AZNpiano

Re: Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 11/01/12 05:09 PM

Originally Posted By: keystring
AZN, where are the standards being established in the field of music? Is there a central place that oversees such standards? Would these be international in English speaking countries? In my present field I have to adhere to the standards of various professions, and they often do have a central body which actually publish such standards, especially when there are changes. So when you say they have changed, then it would be good for everyone to be up to speed if there is some body overseeing this.

I don't think there is one "standard" in music. As soon as you start using terms like "standard," you get into the field of "correct" vs. "incorrect." I think classical music as an academic subject area is truly blessed by not having an authoritative "standard."
Posted by: Kreisler

Re: Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 11/02/12 11:34 AM

I always do this. It looks cleaner to me.

Sonatina in C Major, Op. 36#3
I. Spiritoso

Or if space is tight:

Spiritoso, from Sonatina in C Major, Op. 36#3
Posted by: malkin

Re: Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 11/02/12 12:01 PM

Originally Posted By: keystring

AZN, where are the standards being established in the field of music? Is there a central place that oversees such standards? Would these be international in English speaking countries? In my present field I have to adhere to the standards of various professions, and they often do have a central body which actually publish such standards, especially when there are changes. So when you say they have changed, then it would be good for everyone to be up to speed if there is some body overseeing this.


Surely there are scholarly papers in the field of music.
Publications will be formatted in a consistent style whether it be MLA, APA, COS, Chicago Manual of Style or something else.
Posted by: Ann in Kentucky

Re: Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 11/02/12 03:35 PM

I would not capitalize M in the word major.

Examples: http://www.pianotexas.org/2011/program_notes.asp

Edit: This is just a personal preference. I think there is more visual appeal when the words "major", "minor", "sharp" and "flat" are not capitalized.
Posted by: ezpiano.org

Re: Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 11/02/12 09:09 PM

http://kjos.vo.llnwd.net/o28/pdf/GP606_toc.pdf

Please refer to the above Keith Snell link.

I prefer this style that he has in his book:

Sonatina in F, Op.36, No.4
[Indent] III. Allegro vivace


I was a graduate assistant back in graduate school and my job was to create programs for weekly Friday noon student recital and monthly Tuesday night faculty recitals. Each professor in my department should give me the title of the pieces that they or their students will be performing and I just copy and paste into the program that I design.

I have to say that I never have a problem with my professors back in my graduate school and their way of writing the titles. They are following the above format that I paste in the link.

However, I am just amaze to see how "not consistent" each piano teachers are in my town. Out of 50 plus teachers, only 5 teachers are consistent with their entries and follow the above format that I "learned" during graduate school.

Speaking of "standard format" don't you think that we should be consistent in referring the title of the pieces just like MLA, APA other academic journal?

I am seriously think that music educators should talk about this to standardize the format.

I am not talking about to standardize the interpretation of the piece here, I am sure our field is blessed with a lot of freedom. However, I think there should be only one way to write the title of the music.

For example, why you think Kochel categories Mozart's music? I am not sure the answer, but I personally think it is because Mozart has too many pieces with same name and it is hard to distinguish among each other. So, he standardize Mozart's music and every one after him use "K" numbers for Mozart's music.

What is your opinions on this?
Posted by: AZNpiano

Re: Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 11/03/12 02:19 AM

Originally Posted By: Ann in Kentucky

What? No space after the period in Op?
Op.1? Op.2?

The point is: it's rather silly to split hair at this juncture. As long as the formatting is done consistently throughout the program, and all the important information is there, I don't see any problems.
Posted by: Peter K. Mose

Re: Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 11/03/12 05:28 AM

EZ, you'll have to decide what you like, and what your audience might like, and what looks good on the page. AZN and I bless you with freedom.

If freedom is not your thing, or you have a tight deadline, go with Keith Snell.
Posted by: Ann in Kentucky

Re: Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 11/03/12 08:53 AM

Originally Posted By: AZNpiano
Originally Posted By: Ann in Kentucky

What? No space after the period in Op?
Op.1? Op.2?

The point is: it's rather silly to split hair at this juncture. As long as the formatting is done consistently throughout the program, and all the important information is there, I don't see any problems.


I agree that consistency is what matters. And I agree that a space is needed after Op ideally. But looks like it was omitted to allow space for 2 columns to fit on the program consistently.

Is it splitting hairs to have an opinion? It's like choosing color for a room. Some people give it a lot of consideration, and others don't think it matters much. IMO using capitals for Major and Minor look like shouting. It may be correct according to APA, but aesthetically is not pleasing to me.

Does it matter much? No, it doesn't matter to most people. And will look fine as long as there is consistency.

BTW, ezpiano did ask "Any other suggestions?". That is what I was answering.

I am thinking how Americans love movies with a preponderance of explosions in them. And naturally the American preference would be to capitalize each word. I just think there are more artsy options to consider.
Posted by: Ann in Kentucky

Re: Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 11/03/12 09:03 AM

After thinking it over, I admit that sometimes I get a kick out of quibbling with you folks on PW.

This thread has shown me that I need to get a manual or two about editorial style to see what is officially being said about these matters.
Posted by: malkin

Re: Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 11/03/12 10:18 AM

Absolutely, be consistent in a document.

A google search for: editorial style musical work will give you a bunch of possibilities.
Posted by: AZNpiano

Re: Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 11/03/12 04:01 PM

Originally Posted By: Ann in Kentucky
This thread has shown me that I need to get a manual or two about editorial style to see what is officially being said about these matters.

No, that stuff is best left to the "ivory tower" academics. Just keep doing what you're doing and you'll be fine. No one is going to fire you as a piano teacher for missing the space between "Op." and the number.
Posted by: ezpiano.org

Re: Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 11/03/12 05:34 PM

No, no one will fire me if I missing the space between Op. and the number. They will just think that I am being too stubborn and not professional enough to fix the mistakes that I made.
Posted by: Ann in Kentucky

Re: Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 11/03/12 05:36 PM

Originally Posted By: AZNpiano
Originally Posted By: Ann in Kentucky
This thread has shown me that I need to get a manual or two about editorial style to see what is officially being said about these matters.

No, that stuff is best left to the "ivory tower" academics. Just keep doing what you're doing and you'll be fine. No one is going to fire you as a piano teacher for missing the space between "Op." and the number.


True. This thread did make me realize though how much I pop off with my opinion...quibbling just to have something to say.

Anyway, I went to the library this afternoon to see what editorial style guidelines I could find. I discovered that the book I wanted is in the reference section at different library. While at the library, though, the book Trolling caught my attention. It was next to fly fishing books. Now I get the origin of the expression "trolling".
Posted by: Peter K. Mose

Re: Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 11/04/12 01:15 AM

Many of us trolls here on PW, Ann...
Posted by: landorrano

Re: Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 11/04/12 04:22 AM

Originally Posted By: Ann in Kentucky
While at the library, though, the book Trolling caught my attention. It was next to fly fishing books. Now I get the origin of the expression "trolling".


In fishin', ain't the word "trawlin'" ?
Posted by: missbelle

Re: Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 11/05/12 11:22 PM

Oh no, now I am nervous about my Christmas recital listings...I am combining with two other teachers, one piano and one cello! With duets! Oh my!

Methinks I am not going to overthink this, and follow the KISS rule-
Keep It Simple, Silly!

I mean, yes I should be the proper example and offer up an edumacated example for the parent folk, but I am just not going to stress over it and pretend I did not see this.

Shhh...nobody tell I was here...

You can't see me! I was never here!!!
Posted by: ezpiano.org

Re: Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 11/12/12 02:27 PM

After doing all the research, the teachers in charge tell me that there is nothing I can do to change the title of the pieces into the format that I wanted to unify them into one single version. This is because our program will be computer generated, whatever the teachers key in would be on the program, nothing I can change. I can only arrange the program in a way that we will not have same piece in one recital but spread them out.
Feel disappointed, but I learn something new and valuable from this experience. Thank you for all your sharing.
Posted by: AZNpiano

Re: Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 11/12/12 08:42 PM

Originally Posted By: ezpiano.org
This is because our program will be computer generated, whatever the teachers key in would be on the program, nothing I can change.

Yikes, that sounds horrible. So if the teacher typed:

"sontina c maj. 36 1 vivvace"

That's how it will appear on the program?

My branch has a teacher who can't spell Beethoven.
Posted by: ezpiano.org

Re: Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 11/12/12 09:04 PM

That is right AZN
I think it will only shows the unprofessional of those teachers that do not know how to write the title of the pieces officially in a neat way.
Posted by: Ann in Kentucky

Re: Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 11/13/12 07:48 AM

The printout doesn't HAVE to be computer generated simply because some teachers say so. You can print out one copy of the computer generated program ahead of time. Then update this printout to prepare a professional looking program. And print the updated version.
Posted by: malkin

Re: Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 11/13/12 08:30 AM

It would probably bug me enough to retype it in a consistant style.
Posted by: Ann in Kentucky

Re: Official way to write title of Sonata pieces - 11/13/12 08:33 AM

OTOH, if they do not appreciate your offer to help, I would let it alone. Your editing is a valuable service, but some people will fail to appreciate it.