Help:How do you determine a composer's nationality?

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Every composer page has a nationality category. The nationality is determined by historical, ethnic and political factors. These categories appear at the bottom of composer pages, in a box labelled "Categories".

Can a composer have two or more nationalities?

Yes! Often a composer was born in one country and worked in another country. In some cases, the modern country did not even exist, or the borders have changed. In other cases, the composer may have a definable regional or ethnic identity. As an example, Mozart was born in Salzburg but worked Vienna. Modern Austria did not yet exist and he spoke German. His nationailty could fit in several categories (Salzburgian, Viennese, German, Austrian, Austro-Hungarian). In these cases, rather than select only one category, it is more valuable to those browsing the site to place the composer in multiple categories.

How do I add a nationality category to a composer page?

All you need to do is add one line to the bottom of the page. You need to have registered an account and be logged in. Now click on the tab at the top of the page labelled edit, then scroll down to the bottom of the page. Add the following text substituting your specific info for <...> without the < and > brackets:

[[Category:<Nationality> composers|<Last_name>, <First_name>]]

As an example, take Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. His category appears like this:

[[Category:Italian composers|Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da]]

What if the nationality category does not exist yet?

No problem, just add the category on the composer page. If this nationality is not listed on the Composer Subcategories page, then it will need to be added. Also, text for the new category page will need to be added.

What should I do if I disagree with a designation?

If you are absolutely sure that something has been merely mislabelled, please change it. If there is some dispute, please write a comment on the discussion page for that composer (see the discussion tab at the top of the page).

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