Legal issues for contest
Date: February 2, 2012
I have 2 questions about music for solo/ensemble contest. Firstly, I have a student who got an arrangement of "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" online. On the bottom of the page, it says "Copies may be made for non-commercial use." I'm in Minnesota and I think we're pretty picky about using published music but this piece was published....just to the internet, not a book per se. What do you think? Can the student use the piece?
Secondly, I have a small group of girls (The Chambermaids!) who are singing a 4 pt. "O Musick dein ganz." This is a publshed octavo but I have them sing it a cappella...as it should be performed. However, there is a piano part in the music. Our rules state that things that are to be accompanied must be accompanied or the group will be disqualified. I looked on cpdl.org but all versions are SATB and have somewhat different texts.
Anyone have any ideas about these questions?
Thanks so much,