Frequently Asked Questions

How do you define music for hire and music for sale?

If the work features more than 5 instruments, it is music for hire. These works can be ordered from our partner Zinfonia

If the work features less than 5 instruments, it is music for sale. These works can only be purchased from our partner Hal Leonard. If you are ordering from North or South America please click here, for orders from the rest of the world please click here

If the work features electronic elements, it is always music for hire. These works can also be ordered from our partner Zinfonia

How can I rent scores and parts?

Music for hire can be ordered from our partner Zinfonia

How can I buy music for sale?

Music for sale can only be purchased from our partner Hal Leonard. If you are ordering from North or South America please click here, for orders from the rest of the world please click here.

How can I buy a score?

Most of our scores can be purchased from our partner Hal Leonard. However, please not that not all of our works are available for purchase. If you are ordering from North or South America please click here, for orders from the rest of the world please click here.

How long does it take to get my hire order?

Within Europe, receiving an order takes about one week.

I am student / teacher and need a work for education purposes. How can I order it?

Please note that the works of our catalogue are available as music for sale and music for hire.

If the work features less than 5 instruments, it is music for sale. These works are not available for educational purposes and can only be purchased from our partner Hal Leonard (for these orders from North or South America please click here, for orders from the rest of the world please click here).

If the work features more than 5 instruments or electronic elements, it is music for hire. These works are available for educational purposes and can ordered by contacting UMPG.Classical@umusic.com. Please note that we charge a shipping fee and an administration fee on all orders for education purposes, so we recommend using the inter-library loan before ordering the work from us.

What is Universal Music Publishing Classical?

Universal Music Publishing Classical (UMPC) is a publishing group consisting of Casa Ricordi (Italy), Editions Durand, Salabert and Eschig (France), G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH Berlin (Germany), Editio Musica Budapest (Hungary) and G. Ricordi & Co. London Ltd. (UK).

UMPC is the global leader in classical music publishing. The repertoire features more than 1.900 composers. The roster includes legendary composers such as Debussy, Puccini, Ravel and Verdi, modern classics such as Grisey, Kodály, Nono and Varèse as well as leading contemporary composers like Dusapin, Francesconi, Kurtàg and Neuwirth.

Why are there three publishing houses called Ricordi?

The Italian publishing house Casa Ricordi was founded in 1808 by Giovanni Ricordi in Milan. Later on, two outposts were opened in Great Britain and Germany. G Ricordi & Co (London) Ltd started life in 1878; the G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag was founded in 1901 and is today based in Berlin. By now both have published their own stellar line of composers for many years.