I'm really enjoying this site a lot. I think it's great that it allows composers and performers of classical music to be able to get some exposure. However, the first thing I noticed while browsing through the list of composers is that they are ordered alphabetically, not by last name, but by first name. Considering that we generally refer to and talk about composers by their last name, this idea of organizing composers by their first name seems entirely unheard of to me. I would never think that in order to hear something by Bach I would be looking under J. Or that I would go all the way to W to listen to something by Mozart. And what about people looking for music by Szymanowski who do not know that his first name was Karol or that Janacek's first name was Leos? Of course the search bar can be used, but it would also be nice to be able to browse by last name for the composer that you are looking for.
This is a valid point. The problem is with Spanish
names: for non-Spaniards it is sometimes very difficult to determine the real
"last name." For example, Ricard Lamote
de Grignon i Ribas's last name is (if we're not mistaken) Grignon. So when somebody uploads a composition of a "new"
(to the site) composer, there is no way to automatically determine the last
name. There are also potential difficulties with
the names of Asian composers. But again,
we are not very comfortable with the current structure and will be reconsidering
Thanks for the comment.
Well, dear Conductor, in the end we did fix it, didn't we...
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I just joined so I'm still browsing and learning how to navigate through this nice, nice site. I'm glad there are plenty of artists here I have never heard of (or heard.) I found the composers list in alphabetical order so maybe the deal was fixed to everyone's satisfaction. Best wishes.
I love the site, but it has some really glaring gaps in the recordings. I notice no sign of Hovanhess who was most probably the most prolific composer of the 20th century, and Gottschalk is only represented by 2 pieces that are the most commonly played in his huge catalogue.
We agree, but the site is created from the recordings uploaded by the musicians: Alan Hovhaness wrote mostly the orchestral music, and we're still trying to convince a good orchestra to share with us their recordings.
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