Permission to use transcribed music published in Dissertation?
Date: March 22, 2013
Hello, all -
I'm trying to discover if I have the right to utilize, as source material, choral music the individual voice parts of which were written in individucal part-books back in the early 17th Century. I have found a doctoral dissertaion from 1957 at the University of Edinborough, Scotland, where the author travelled to all of the libraries to where these part books had been scattered, and copied all of the music from each book into hand-written full open-score format, essentially bringing together S, A, T, and B parts together in oine source for the first time. The author included her hand-notated transcriptions as part of her dissertation which was never published.
While some individual songs from these part-books have subsequently been gathered and commercially published as performance editions, not all of them have.
Does anyone have knowledge of whether or not I may legally utilize this DMA student's 1957 open-score transcriptions of the 17th century part books as a basis for making my own performance transcription/edition/adaptation? At this point, I have no interest in trying to publish - just a research and possible study/performance opportunity for my choirs.
Beverly Hills, Michigan