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Old 06-01-2005, 06:09 PM
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I have a question regarding the copyrights of old music. I know that people like Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven no longer have copyrights on their works. (I'm not sure if copyrights were invented yet.) But what sources do you use if you want arrange some music of, for example, Bach for an odd ensemble? I wouldn't think I could use something from this site since I assume Virtual Sheet Music or Fabrizio Ferrari owns the copyright in some form. Does that mean that I would need to find a copy of the music that was published some 100 or more years ago?

I would appreciate any help with this.

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Old 06-01-2005, 11:28 PM
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Hello Carl and thank you for your question, that's an interesting issue.

Actually you can use our editions as source until you use the "original" part of the compositions, not our own arrangements and/or transcriptions. For example, you can use our version of the Beethoven Moonlight Sonata until you use only the notes and the original marks (dynamics, slurs, etc.) written by Beethoven and not modified by us. To understand what is original and what not, you should have an URTEXT source to have comparison with. Popular URTEXT editions are Baerenreiter, Henle and others. Often Dover too publishes great URTEXT editions. Obviously the best thing is to have the original manuscript, but that's not so easy...

In other words, here are our own copyrighted material:

1. All our arrangements and transcriptions posted in our Exclusive Sheet Music section.

2. All the modifications (marks, notes, slurs, dynamics, fingerings, etc.) made on the original version.

3. All the piano reductions of the concertos or other compositions originally for orchestra or other ensembles (save where mentioned the original editor).

I hope this clarify what is "original" and what not.

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

Thank you again!

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Old 06-02-2005, 01:52 AM
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Thank you very much, your response cleared everything up for me.

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Is there a copywrite on Carol of the Bells? I sure hope not!!
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Old 06-02-2005, 04:34 AM
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I don't think Carol of the Bells is copyrighted.

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I don't think either.

Carol of the Bells appears ot be a traditional (public domain) piece.

Carl: I am glad to know everything was clear.

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