- We should try to avoid having the same file duplicated on more than one page wherever possible
- Arrangements, transcriptions and editions should be placed on pages for the original work, unless:
- the form of the new work is changed from the original (e.g. concert paraphrases, fantasias, cadenzas, variations), so that it doesn't represent a straightforward orchestration or reduction of a work for other forces.
- the arrangement or transcription is part of an larger work integral (like Tchaikovsky's "Mozartiana" suite), or collections of short pieces arranged for a particular instrument that can't be split due to their layout
- they represent additions to existing works by other composers (like Binder's overture to ''Orpheus in the Underworld'')
- the composer of the original work can't be identified (e.g. traditionsl folk-songs)
- If the new version of a work qualifies for a different page from the original, then there should be "See also" links from the original work to the arrangement, and vice-versa.
- If the page for the original work doesn't exist yet, then it should be created, even if it only contains the "See also" link
- Every editor and arranger would have a special page called "Versions of Works by Others" in their own category, like this one for Eduard Langer or this one for Tchaikovsky, listing all their arrangements, transcriptions, editorial works, cadenzas, potpourris, variations on a theme, etc., with links to the pages for the scores in question (even if they've not yet been added). These special pages would be placed the composer category (not separate like the existing worklists) to avoid having empty categories.
- If an editor or arranger doesn't have their own composer category, then it should be created, even if it only contains the "Versions of Works by Others" page.
- We should consider giving translators and librettists their own "composer pages" as well, as knowing their dates and nationality can be helpful in checking copyright details.
The overall effect of these changes would be to create new categories for the many arrangers, editors, translators and librettists who might currently just receive a passing mention, and new lists and cross-references to help identify arrangements, transcriptions and related works in different categories.
Any comments on these proposals, or other similar ideas for improvement, will be gratefully received...