2007-07-21 02:10:15 UTC
trying to solve a little issue.
While working on Morricone (collaboration of the mount... *hint*) I found
this album credited to Morricone: "Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone"
It seems quite strange to me that Morricone is credited as "author" of this
release. This album contains tracks from various movies' soundtrack
rearranged and played by the cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
Yo-Yo Ma plays; Yo-Yo Ma is the author. But this is simple syllogism clashes
with the current protocol for classical releases: the composer get credited
as the "artist". I don't understand why Mozart should be credit for
something that "Orchestra sinfonica della Rai" played. Can't it get a
simple composed-by AR? We are not in a music shop where things can be
categorized only under one thing. In a music shop I'm not interested in
things made my the Orchestra della Rai, I just care about finding Mozart's
music. But on MB, reign of the ARs, we can respect the authors and the give
a good service to the public at the same time.
Back to Yo-Yo Ma Plays Morricone. People like Morricone or Gershwin are on
the border of "current music", waiting to become "classical music". And
people is starting to treat them as "classical" authors, leading to
confusion and (fatal for the OCPD people) non uniformity in the MB DB.
Some examples to illustrate why I think we should move that album to Yo-Yo
1) Oscar Peterson' The Gershwin Songbooks
Peterson rearranged and played these tracks. Should we move this release to
2) Alice's Alice canta Battiato
Alice (Italian singer) sung songs composed and made famous by her friend
Franco Battiato. Battiato composed all the songs, played and sung them.
Should we move this release to Battiato?
2a) Various Artists Battiato non Battiato
Same points raised for 2, just with many more people involved.
Two final questions: do you think that I should move "Yo-Yo Ma Plays
Morricone" to Yo-Yo Ma? Don't you think that a better system is needed for
opera and classical releases?