How to distribute a classical music release

Classical releases are subject to more specific formatting. Non-public-domain musical works (such as contemporary classical scores) are not subject to the standard classical format.

In general: Please consult http://imslp.org/ to find more information about specific formatting of classical works (incl. composer names, work and movement titles).

Find below the most important rules to consider:
Title of a classical release
The release title is preferably formatted like this:
Last Name of Composer: Work Title
[Example: Chopin: Nocturnes, Op. 9]
  • Adding the first initial in front of the last name is also acceptable.
[Example: F. Chopin: Nocturnes, Op. 9]
Artist field on a classical release
  • Performers must be listed as main artists and can include symphonies, orchestras, choirs, conductors, or soloists.
  • On track level a detailed artist listing is possible. 
  • On release level, only the most important roles should be listed (orchestra, choir, conductor, only the most important soloists).
  • Composers should not be listed as artists, unless they are in fact performing on the recording.
Track titles
Here is the standard Classical Format of Track Titles:
Name of Work in Key, Catalogue Number: Movement Number. Movement Title
[Example: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67: I. Allegro con brio]
Here is the Format of Opera Titles:
Opera Title, Catalogue Number, Act: "Song"
[Example: Don Giovanni, K. 527, Act II: "Il mio tesoro intanto"]
  • Additional track details such as “Arr. by X” should be added in brackets after the title in the title field. Do not enter any details in the version title field.
  • Key and catalogue numbers are not always required.
  • Please consult http://imslp.org/ to find more information about specific formatting of classical works (incl. composer names, work and movement titles).
Composers
  • Composers must be listed on a track level as contributors. 
  • Please enter the full composer’s name and don’t use abbreviations. 
  • Feel free to consult http://imslp.org/ to find more details about the correct spelling of the composers' names.

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