Category talk:Solo vocal music

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A little quidance on using these voicing categories and sub-categories would be helpful....

  1. Would every "solo" work would get a category of "High Voice", "Medium Voice" or "Low Voice" ?
  2. Can we define what is the difference between "Solo Baritone" and "Solo Bass"
  3. What about Solo Messo-Soprano ?
  4. What is "Solo STTB", and if we have that don't we need all the rest ? ( "Solo SATB", etc, etc )
  5. Shouldn't duets be in a separate category ?
  6. Does the category "Solo ST" nean a duet, or one solo part followed by another ?
  7. Don't we have something better for Henry Purcell's solo works than calling it an "Art Song" ? Johnhenryfowler 01:50, 23 June 2008 (PDT)
Hi John. I've numbered your questions so that hopefully it will be easier to work out what I'm talking about.
  1. So far, I haven't been labeling every solo work with these cats. My rationale has been to label works that could be for male or female voice Category:Solo high, Category:Solo medium or Category:Solo low and those works that are definitely for one or the other as Category:Solo Soprano, Category:Solo Tenor, etc.
  2. On the subject of baritone or bass, soprano or mezzo soprano, a lot of my decision is made on the basis of tessitura. Whilst range is obviously important (one can't expect basses to sing top "g"s or altos top "a"s), tessitura is also very important. I would put bass range as from bottom e to top f, though if the solo hovers around the top of the range, it's a baritone solo. However, if there's a bottom e and a top e in the solo, it's for a bass 'cos a baritone couldn't sing the bottom e. Hopefully that makes some sense.
  3. Yeah, we probably need a cat for mezzos.
  4. "Solo STTB" means exactly what it says on the category page - this work includes four soloists, one soprano, two tenors and one bass. We do need the rest of the possible combinations but only if they're actually used.
  5. No. If you want to find a duet for tenor and bass, look under Category:Solo TB. If you want a soprano, tenor and bass trio, look under Category:Solo STB...
  6. Could be either or both.
  7. I agree we need a better description. Unfortunately I don't have any suggestions...
--Bobnotts talk 20:03, 27 June 2008 (PDT)

Reply by: Chucktalk Giffen 03:25, 6 August 2008 (PDT)


I've just created Category:Solo Mezzo-soprano and changed the sort keys in various vocal solo subcategories to reflect the change. Thus, a quartet category for two sopranos, 1 mezzo, and a baritone would be of the form Category:Solo SSMzBar, and it would have sort key 4,1126 ... the 4 standing for quartet, the two 1s for the two sopranos, the 2 for the mezzo, and the 6 for the baritone. The numbers 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 corresponding to S,Mz,A,Ct,T,Bar,B (obviously!?). I hope this helps when new solo voicing subcategories are created.

Consistent capitalization

In line with paragraph 3 of Help:Style conventions#Titles of works and pages I'd like to move Category:Solo Soprano, Mezzo, Alto, Tenor &c to Solo soprano, mezzo, &c unless anyone is prepared to argue for Solo S &c. It's long been a huge pain to remember how to capitalize these! I'm not sure how to automate respelling these on all the work pages though. Richard Mix (talk) 08:11, 4 January 2015 (UTC)

Category sorting

To fill gaps in ensemble categories the scheme can be deduced from [[Category:Solo vocal music| 2,11]] for SS, [[Category:Solo vocal music| 2,13]] for SA (skipping M for mezzo), [[Category:Solo vocal music| 3,147]] for SCtB (skipping Bt for Baritone), [[Category:Solo vocal music| 4,1357]] for SATB &c Richard Mix (talk) 23:08, 11 January 2016 (UTC)