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    How to distribute & format classical music in public domain


    For those looking to release a public domain Single/EP/Album, make sure to properly enter the titles of your release to pass our Distribution review process and ensure your music is available on your release date. 


    In the examples below, we will reference classical repertoire releases. The same could also apply for most other public domain songs eg. Holiday music or US works published after 1925. 


    Click here for more details about public domain and copyright duration by country. If your Single/EP/Album is not in public domain, click here to learn how to distribute a cover song.

    Album Title:


    Formatting: The album title should include the composers, followed by a colon, followed by the work titles, catalog numbers, or type of works such as Sonatas or Preludes. 


    For example: Beethoven: Violin Concerto, Op. 61 – Brahms: Symphony No. 1, Op. 68


    Recording Dates: If the track title contains the recording date, use the following format: the main track title, followed by the word “Recorded” and the year recorded in parentheses. 


    For example: Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K. 620: Overture (Recorded 1954)



    Track Title:


    Consistency: Track titles should be treated consistently. If an album includes information for one title, the information should be included for all other titles. 


    For example:

    The following group of tracks are consistently formatted:

    • Piano Concerto in G Major, M. 83: I. Allegramente
    • Piano Concerto in G Major, M. 83: II. Adagio
    • Piano Concerto in G Major, M. 83: III. Presto

    The following group of tracks are not consistently formatted:

    • Piano Concerto in G, M. 83: I. Allegramente
    • Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G Major, M. 83: 2. Adagio
    • Concerto in G, M. 83: Presto


    Versions, Arrangements, and Transcriptions: If a work has been altered from the original composition, this must be noted at the end of the title. 


    For example, “Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro (Arr. for Piano).”


    Follow these links to proceed with Distributing a Single or Distributing an Album/EP Release on Songtradr. 

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