E: e-mail (only capitalized at beginnings of sentences)
A report in the New York Post… A report in the Post.
As a corollary, if "Magazine" is included in a magazine's title, it should be capitalized. If, as in the case of New York magazine, it is not, then it should be neither capitalized nor italicized.
- Acts/Scenes: Capitalize and use numerals (Act 2, Scene 2)
- Articles, chapters, etc.: titles in quotes (e.g."Luxury in Hard Times" was the cover story of The New York Times Magazine.
- Books: titles in italics; chapters in quotes.
- Courses, class names: capitalize only if unique title, not generic subject (Arts in Education; music history, Classical Music in an Age of Pop; dance notation)
- Musical works (see Musical Terms section below)
- Newspapers, magazines: titles in italics (capitalize "the" if officially part of the masthead: An article in The New York Times; a report in the New York Post). Similarly, capitalize and italicize "magazine" if part of the title of the periodical: PC Magazine surveyed 100 laptop users. New York magazine has good theater listings.
- Organizations: capitalized (but do not capitalize "the" in an organization's name)
- Performance series: capitalize only; no quotes or italics: Lincoln Center's Great Performers series.
- Plays, movies, TV shows: titles in italics: The Merchant of Venice; 60 Minutes
- Recordings, CDs: capitalize but do not italicize if generic; italicize if descriptive title (his recording of sonatas by Bach; his recording The Art of the Countertenor)
- Roles: capitalize only, no quotes or italics. (He played Romeo in the production of Shakespeare's classic love story.)
Most of the style rules regarding musical terminology are consistent with D. Kern Holoman's book Writing About Music, so if something doesn't appear in this manual, please refer to it. (One notable exception: Capitalize Op. when abbreviating opus.)
When not referring to a specific title, do not capitalize: Mozart's symphonies; Beethoven's sonatas, etc.
Songs and Arias - In quotes ("Summertime" from Porgy and Bess. They all sang "God Bless America.")
Major, Minor: Both are capitalized only in titles (Sonata in C Major, Concerto in E Minor; hyphenate only if in adjectival use: E-Minor Concerto). If not part of a title, capitalize the pitch name, but lower case "major" and "minor": He transcribed the work from E minor to G minor.
When referring to a specific era in musical history, the name of the period is capitalized: Baroque music; Classical; Romantic; etc. However, classical music is lowercased when referring less specifically to music of the Western European tradition (classical music as opposed to rock music). Do not capitalize medieval music, or modern or contemporary music.