MUSIC SEARCH TIPS
Dynix is one of the better systems for answering music questions. Classical
and popular music recordings both have some special features. Here are
strategies for dealing with them in Dynix.
Classical music is frequently described by words like concerto, sonata,
and symphony. These are known as "non-distinctive titles," and,
as the name suggests, by themselves they aren't very useful search terms.
That's why most classical pieces by prolific composers have been given
an opus number, to give each work a unique designation.
What to do: In general, you will get good results by searching
on a combination of the composer's name with the opus number of the work
you are looking for. If you don't have the opus number, it's easily found
in a variety of sources, including the Schwann Opus catalog
of classical music recordings. (Every branch has one.)
Information that is vital to a successful search in Schwann:
Example: You want to find Beethoven's Third Symphony.
Example: You want to find Mozart's Piano Sonata # 14.
MULTIPLE RENDITIONS OF A WORK
In any good-sized collection of classical music, the same piece of music
will be found more than once, performed by different artists. In many cases,
a particular rendition by a particular performer is the real goal of a
What to do: Repeat the search strategy above--checking
Schwann Opus, searching for the composer by names keyword,
the title by opus number, and adding in the performer as author.
Example: Find Mozart's Piano Sonata #14, performed by Mitsuko Uchida.
CONTENTS AND ADDED TITLES
Since popular and classical recordings routinely include more than one
song or work, nearly every CD or tape is a kind of anthology.
What to do: Searching for popular song titles and classical
pieces with distinctive titles is best done through contents keyword. For
non-distinctive title searching, see above.
Example: You want to find recordings of the Star Spangled Banner.
The results of a music title search can include CDs, cassettes, phonograph
recordings, videos, and books. There are ways to pull just the formats
that you want out of general search results.
What to do: In the example above, the keyword search on Star Spangled Banner also found some books and other materials.