I was recently given an ipod as a gift, and so I’m trying to get my music in a little more order than it was previously.
I’m running into a challenge though, as I like to browse by artist. The problem is, I have a lot of classical and musical theatre albums where the artist varries from track to track. Not only that, but at times an artist might be singing a duet, and so both artists are listed, or I might have the artist performing solo, and then the artist with the Budapest Symphony, and then the artist with the Boston Pops. Or, the ‘artist’ might include the conductor, orchestra, and primary soloist in one long string.
How do you all deal with this? My ‘artist’ list becomes unnavigable because it’s just too full of variations on these sorts of things:
First, in the musical theatre world. My Music Man recording has the following for artists:
[li]Warner Bros Orchestra, Travelling Salesmen[/li][li]Shirley Jones and Pert Kelton[/li][li]Shirley Jones & The Buffalo Bills[/li][li]Shirley Jones & Robert Preston[/li][li]Shirley Jones[/li][li]Ronnie Howard[/li][li]Robert Preston & The Ensemble[/li][li]Robert Preston[/li][li]Hermione Gingold & The Biddys[/li][li]Ensemble[/li][li]Buffalo Bills[/li][li]Buddy Hackett & The Ensemble[/li][/ul]
In this case I generally care less about the specific artists. I almost always look up theatre stuff by album, but having twelve entries for artist for this album clutters up my artist list. What do people do in this situation? Leave it as is? Change it all to “assorted”? Something else?
Secondly, and more complicated, is:
[li]Sibelius / Ormandy[/li][li]Sibelius - Bernstein, NYP[/li][li]Rouslan Raichev; Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra[/li][li]Leonard Bernstein; New York Philharmonic Orchestra[/li][li]Jean Sibelius[/li][li]Herbert Kegel; Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra[/li][li]Cleveland Sinfonietta - Louis Lane[/li][/ul]
These are all the “artists” that come up when I search my itunes for Sibelius. The one that is just his name has the performer(s) as part of the album name.
Most of the time, I’d just like to look up Sibelius. However, I may want to scroll through itunes and listen to all my recordings of a Bernstein-conducted orchestra. Or, more realistically, I’ve got an album of V. Horrowitz playing Scriabin. Sometimes I might want to look for everything by Scriabin, but other times I might want to hear Horrowitz’s piano playing independant of the composer of the piece (or whether or not it’s a solo, concerto, or what have you).
Things like this are a big mess, and I’m wondering if anyone has a good system.