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Music Publishing by Dick Weissman, Ron Sobel

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9Classical music, Broadway, print music, and educational music

Classical music

Classical, or “serious” music, as it is often called, is a very different genre and market from the pop music business. When a symphony orchestra plays a symphonic work, it must rent the parts for up to 105 musicians, depending upon the size of the orchestra. The two primary publishers of classical music in the United States are Theodore Presser, distributed by Hal Leonard, and G. Schirmer, distributed by Music Sales. These companies also distribute the music of many European music print publishers. Similar conditions prevail for opera performances and chamber music recitals.

As with all other print music contracts, the royalties are paid to the music publisher, who ...

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