In addition to my own music teacher library (texts, octavos, sight-reading, composer biographies, instrumental method books, theory, etc.), I inherited an enormous library (thousands of pieces from a 60-year career) from my aunt, an opera singer and recitalist. I'm trying to organize all this stuff and don't know the best way - I have major works/librettos/cantatas alpha by composer, but what about collections ("The Prima Donna Album", for instance) and individual pieces? I am fortunate that my aunt made separate binders for songs from Latin American countries!
Any thoughts on how to sort? Period? Instrument? Language? Genre? Am I going to have to make a database of every song? I appreciate any and all input! Thanks!