"Syrinx" by Debussy 05:18 on Thursday, August 11, 2005
I have fallen in love with this flute solo. I can`t find the sheets for the life of me and I really don`t want to pay the $20 membership for one song. If anyone could help me out, that would be amazing. Who knows, I may have some music you are looking for. Thanks in advance.
The problem with people is that they think they can get what ever they want. Like sheet music. Sheet music is copyrighted. If you have an illegal copy without buying it or somebody sent it to you. Over the internet for example, you could pay charges for having that and some kind of penalty.
Off of larry krantz`s website..kinda long
2.1.55 When is it legal to copy music in the Public Domain?
(From Mark Starr)
(1) It has never been illegal to copy anything (whether music or text) that is IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN.
(2) A publisher`s copyright (which is the creator`s copyright signed over to the publisher) has never covered the notation, physical typesetting, or the layout of a published work as distinct from the musical or textual ideas expressed in any form.
(3) One cannot use a MIDI file to evade legitimate copyright restrictions. If a musical work is still protected by copyright, so is its expression in a MIDI file, and so is any sheet music made from the MIDI file. If the musical work IS in the public domain, you can legally copy the published typesetting or make all the MIDI files you want.
Copyrights protect intellectual property; and in the case of music, they cover only musical ideas and textual content in whatever form they are expressed--whether it be sheet music, sound recordings, MIDI files, etc. For more than a century, reprint houses like Kalmus and Luck`s Music have been PHOTO-engraving, selling, and renting thousands of scores and parts that are IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN directly from printed copies typeset and published by others. If you compare their reprints, you will find that most all are exact photographic copies of famous editions with expired copyrights. Occasionally, when they can`t find an original copy of an unprotected work that is in good physical condition, they may re-typeset a piece.
The idea that copyright protection can ever apply to notation, layout, or physical typesetting is a common misconception. Reprints of music in the public domain are completely legal and aboveboard. Once, at a music convention, I heard a symposium of the directors of the largest U.S. music publishing houses--including the then director of Kalmus, Lawrence Galison. At question time, someone in the audience stood up and in a scandalized voice said (I paraphrase): "I am shocked that the directors of such famous editions would even sit down at the same table with a pirate like the director of Kalmus! He steals your typesetting and for some reason you don`t attack him in public...........it`s longer but you get the point.