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Chapter 8. Maintaining Your Music Library > Work with Classical Music

Work with Classical Music

There's one type of music that iTunes simply handles poorly: classical music. It just isn't designed for it. iTunes was developed with the modern organizational structure of popular music in mind: albums by individual artists containing a dozen or so songs each. This led to an obvious hierarchical structure for your library, with tracks grouped beneath albums, which are then grouped into artists and then genres. Yet when you think about how classical music is structured, it could hardly be any more different.

First of all, in classical music, the composer is far more important than the performer, which is usually defined as a certain symphony orchestra led by a certain conductor or featuring certain soloists. iTunes provides a Composer field, but it's not available as one of the Browse lists. The situation just gets worse from there: The concept of an “album” didn't exist in classical times, and instead of a dozen songs grouped into an album by a specific artist, the closest thing to it was a “work” (a symphony, concerto, or suite) consisting of only a few comparatively long pieces (or movements). These “works” were sometimes standalone bodies of music, but as often as not they were thought of as being part of a longer and ongoing lifelong body of work by the composer, or as entries in a series of themed works for a certain sponsor. To make matters still worse, these bodies of work are usually listed only by long, esoteric strings of numbers and identifiers, such as Beethoven's String Quartet no. 9 in C op.59 “Rasumovsky” no.3. Just imagine how that would look on an iPod!


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