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Offline medtnerfan

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Copyright question for local concerto competition
« on: July 09, 2020, 04:20:30 PM »
I have a question about copyright. So I'm planning to audition for a local concerto competition with a community orchestra for next year, the piece I'm planning to audition with is Medtner's first piano concerto, opus 33. The work is public domain but the parts (individual scores for each orchestra player) aren't available on imslp, so the only way for the orchestra to get it is through borrowing through a rental fee from a publisher, like Boosey and Hawkes. Which is above their budget as it is a community orchstra.

So my question is, is it legal to make my own edition of a public domain score; so copying the full score into a notation software and producing the parts myself for this occasion, or would need some kind of permission from a Medtner estate (I'm not sure there is one).

I've already e-mailed the community orchestra and waiting for the response. But I'm interested to know if anyone here knows

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Re: Copyright question for local concerto competition
«Reply #1 on: July 09, 2020, 08:44:39 PM »
See if the parts are available from a library.  Search university libraries and interlibrary loan. 

Probably best to seek a lawyer for legal advice.  A lot may depend on the copyright status of both the music and the published score in your particular locale.  The orchestra probably has someone that takes care of these things for all of their performances. 

Is the competition willing to accept public domain and CC licenced scores and parts from other competitors?  For example, something published on IMSLP?  If so, then there is a better chance of them accepting self-published scores.  Or do they want to see scores from a certain list of trusted publishers? 

Fine choice for a concerto  ;)
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Re: Copyright question for local concerto competition
«Reply #2 on: July 09, 2020, 10:01:32 PM »
Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately my local university doesn't have the parts, but at least they have the orchestral score and the 2 piano arrangement.

I have a feeling the competition will allow it, since it's only a community orchestra that has probably used available parts from IMSLP before. I did e-mail them, but I'm still waiting for them to reply.