ChoralWiki talk:Multi-Category Search
It is currently not possible to search on where music is from which is needed for world music. Is it possible to add a field for origin? It would also be necessary to enable this information to be added to current records. Rowaneisner 17:40, 30 September 2009 (UTC)rowan
- Hi Rowan, it's currently not possible to add such field for origin; but there are a couple of alternatives: you can search in works by language or select a composer by nationality and then check his works. Regards, —Carlos 19:49, 28 November 2009 (UTC)
limitation on output of 200 entries
Is the limitation of 200 results merely because the pagination function has not been created? Or is it more complicated than that? Searching for sacred Latin Renaissance a cappella compositions does not even get past the letter A if it's limited to 200 results. It would be very nice if there was a way to keep paginating through subsequent results or be able to click on a letter to go to pieces that start with that letter.
- In fact this was an arbitrary limit specified by me; my thought was that no one would be willing to search through a very long list with hundreds of entries; in your example, someone seaching for "sacred" + "Latin" + "Renaissance" + "a cappella" would probably like to narrow the results even more by specifying a voicing or a subgenre. Anyway, this limit can be increased to up to 2000 if you and others wish so. This would present an extra burden to the server, but nothing that would compromise it significantly. Let me know what you consider a good limit size. —Carlos 04:27, 17 February 2010 (UTC)
- Hi Vaarky, after you wrote above about the possibility to extend searches beyond the 200 limit, two other people have asked for the same functionality on the forums, and this pushed me to incorporate this extra feature into the page. I hope it fits your needs! —Carlos 14:35, 14 April 2010 (UTC)
Besides the unrealized promises of "number" being discussed in the Forums, I've encountered a problem looking for examples of the "quartetto lirico", ie. Solo SATB and piano. It appears Multi-Category Search does not recognize pieces for solo voices as having any "voicing". Richard Mix 22:45, 22 June 2010 (UTC)
- Richard, I'm not sure how you performed your search, but when I selected 'Solo SATB' in Solo voice, six works were listed; if you also selected 'Piano accompaniment', then no works are listed, but this is not the MCSearch's fault: none of these six works is for Piano acc. Perhaps the labels are a bit misleading: Voicing should be renamed to Choral voicing, so as to contrast with Solo voicing. —Carlos 16:12, 23 June 2010 (UTC)
- You're right, it's only when I select "4" that nothing comes up. "Number" seems to activate the dropdown menu for [choral] voicing. Richard Mix 20:34, 23 June 2010 (UTC)
I was just trying to narrow down the settings at Ave Maria (due for some hand maintenance!), but there seems no way to use Solo vocal music from the Multi-Category search menu: Solo medium, solo low, solo high give zero results; Solo Soprano gives something like I expected, but I can't know if more would turn up if I took the time to go thru Solo Countertenor, Solo Alto, Solo Contralto, Solo Mezzo &c. One slip of my mouse did turn up a surprise, a secular Ave Maria! Richard Mix (talk) 21:14, 23 April 2013 (UTC)
- Richard, I don't know how you are doing your searches, but I just selected "Solo high" & "Ave Maria" in work title and two works were listed.
- You can also use DPL to create customized listings. For a list of all Solo works pages linking to the Ave Maria text page:
<dpl> category = Ave Maria categorymatch = Solo% </dpl>
- For a list of all Solo works pages with title starting with "Ave Maria":
<dpl> titlematch = Ave Maria% categorymatch = Solo% </dpl>
Is there a Dpl tutor somewhere, or can someone tell be how to narrow results by eliminating a parameter? It's clear that "VIlancicos de Navidad" are the vastly predominant flavor of sacred music in Spanish, but I'm curious to see what else might be available by using "and not Christmas". Cat:Easter+La:Spanish gives 0 results, for example. Richard Mix (talk) 02:32, 4 February 2014 (UTC)
- Hi Richard. The following will do the trick:
<dpl> category=Villancicos notcategory=Christmas columns=2 </dpl>
- You're welcome, Richard. For sure, lots of seasonal categorizing needs to be done there and elsewhere! – Chucktalk Giffen♫ 05:16, 6 February 2014 (UTC)
Searching for psalm settings?
Hi there: I am hoping to see a list of all settings of psalm texts but the only two options I can figure out are 1) search by the title word "psalm" from the multi-category search page and miss all the ones where the word "psalm" does not appear in the title (e.g most settings of the "Laudate Dominum" text), or 2) search by the keyword "psalm" from the main page and get what might be the full list...but not bulleted and alphabetized, just 4-5 lines of text on each score's page to wade through, score by score. Am I out of luck or is there some trick I don't know about? Thanks! --Wspencer11 (talk) 19:26, 22 December 2014 (UTC)
- Multi-Category Search isn't well set up for that job, but you can find mostly complete lists of settings (of each rather than of all 150 Psalms, if I understand you) on the text pages Psalm 1, Psalm 2 &c. Or you can check Vesper Psalms for settings of entire Psalms that include the Gloria Patri, some of course being set in alternatim. Richard Mix (talk) 23:43, 22 December 2014 (UTC)