As a classical music listener with a large iTunes library, I have long lamented the way iTunes manages this type of music. iTunes considers every track to be a “song,” and as classical music fans know, this isn’t always the case. Sure, some classical music can be classified as songs: opera arias, lieder, and art songs. But the majority of this genre’s music doesn’t fit that name.
In addition, while you might want to listen to your Miles Davis or Bob Dylan collection in shuffle mode, you almost certainly don’t want to listen to, say, the different movements of Mozart’s piano concertos in random order.
Apple has added some new tags to iTunes 12.5 in order to help users organize classical music. They are the Work (work name), Movement (movement number), and Name (movement name) tags. If you select one or more tracks in iTunes, then press Command-I, you can check Use Work and Movement to make these tags visible.
When you check this option, you see that the Name tag–the one for the track name–goes away, and is replaced by these three new tags you can use for classical works. This is a big advance, but not without problems.
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