I rolled back your composer category name changes for La Rue and Josquin. By your criterion, we would have to change (for some examples):
- [[Category:Composers|Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da]] to [[Category:Composers|Da Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi]]
- [[Category:Composers|Victoria, Tomás Luis de]] to [[Category:Composers|De Victoria, Tomás Luis]]
- [[Category:Composers|Beethoven, Ludwig van]] to [[Category:Composers|Van Beethoven, Ludwig]]
The point of the option is to get the composers listed in the proper alphabetical order on the Category:Composers page - usually by accepted surname, but with some exceptions:
The most important exception musically is that of Josquin, by which the composer Josquin des Prez is universally known. Hence, we follow this universal (not just English) precedent by having Josquin alphabetized under "Josquin des Prez" rather than under "des Prez, Josquin" on the Category:Composers pages. This is entirely analogous to alphabetizing "Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni" under his full name (or simply under "Michelangelo") instead of "di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, Michelangelo" or "Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, Michelangelo di" on a Category:Renaissance artists page.
Hopefully this will explain the philosophy and decisions that we try to adhere to at CPDL.
- ChuckGiffen 07:56, 25 October 2006 (PDT)