iTunes for librarians part 3: Classical music

If your library consists of a lot of classical works, there’s a little trick you can use to make the display a little easier to read. By default, a classical album will display the same as any other album with the track names appearing in a long list. However, typically the tracks making up a classical album contain a much more structured track title.

Default classical album view

Using the sample above, there’s normally data such as:

  • a work (Violin Sonata No. 1)
  • a key signature (G minor)
  • a catalogue number (BWV1001)
  • a movement number (1)
  • a movement title (Adagio)

Having this displayed over and over again can be a little repetitive and I find hard to scan. But we can tidy this up. Select a track & choose View > Get Info. If you look next to the song label, you can see an up/down arrow widget.

Get info on song

If you click this widget, you can change the song title to a work title. This changes the metadata fields to be similar to the components I described earlier. iTunes is pretty smart & normally detects the correct metadata components, but you can edit the movement numbers and name to suit yourself.

Get info on work

Once you’ve changed each track in the album, the album track information will display grouped by work with each movement in a list below. I find this a much easier to read format.

Classical album in ordered view



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