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West Side Story Recording

This message was contributed by Simon on 23/1/04.
It was in reply to this message: West Side Story Recording
posted by Steve Marcus on 22/1/04.

The permission to arrange West Side Story was given directly from the Bernstein Estate (via Boosey & Hawkes in London) in August 2001. We wouldn't have dared risk performing it on the BBC otherwise. The Bernstein Estate in the US is very strict in who it will allow to arrange his music and the permission to do so was granted only after they had seen the ENTIRE finished arrangement. It still then took them six months to say yes. Consequently, if they'd had refused it would have meant that we'd have had scrap the whole idea and then only after the work had been done! As regards making the arrangement available to other quintets, this is not allowed under the licence agreement from Booseyís. Iíll quote whatís stamped in red on my finished score: ëThis arrangement has been made with the permission of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd. and its use it licensed exclusively to Fine Arts Brass Ensemble 8th August 2001í. Can you imagine how much Iíd be sued if I attempted to sell it? Sorry Steve, thanks for your note anyway.

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