William Fitzpatrick - violin expert

The Many Stories of Bill Fitzpatrick: Bartok and Boosey & Hawkes

An interesting story about problems with sheet music parts

In this video, Prof. Fitzpatrick tells a story about missing parts that could have ruined a concert and how he could save the show with a peculiar solution.

Released on August 3, 2022

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Video Transcription

I believe it was in the fall of 1979 or 1980 and I had just won a competition in Texas. I was to play the 1st movement of the Bartok Violin Concerto no.2 with the orchestra. Needless to say I and Ms Delay were very pleased. And then the bad news came. I was notified that the orchestral parts, which were rental only, were not available during the time of my concert. I was horrified and immediately got in touch with the publisher Boosey and Hawkes and they informed me that there were only 2 orchestral sets of parts and they were both unavailable at that time. I couldn't believe it but didn't give up. I then asked if I could hire a copyist, at my own expense, to write out the parts from the score? The publisher said OK but only if I sent them the parts after the concert so that they could be burned.
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