About the guitar... by François
A word about copying music ?
The reasons why we copy music :
teacher (and I'm one of them) doesn't always prepare his lessons :
often taken by surprise, he gives his pupil a score to copy
pupil finds it very natural to insert a coin into the machine and
get a free illicit piece of music...
Publishers are too slow to answer orders...
shops prefer selling what they have "in the window" rather than
complicate their life. They often answer that it is "out of
print", through sheer laziness... They'd rather sell best-sellers
than the wonders less ordered...
Music Publishers often sell a piece of 5 pages at the same price
as a 30 pages book...
publishers are discouraging : Leo Brouwer's Estudios sencillos
(Vol I & II) haven't been corrected for ages, and still admit
of the same errors of notes, fingering, measure. We feel like
making our own correct version to give our pupils, and the
publisher would deserve it ! Does Leo knows it ? Is the publisher
"X" conscious of it?
teacher enjoys the piece from page 32 of a 50 page book : he gets
that page copied, and doesn't buy the book...
publishers are often too expensive ? But it is quite normal if one
takes into account the amount which is stolen...
We could find other
reasons, still more...
We are all responsible: copying is
a poison !
pleasure to handle these loose sheets, never stuck together, always
muddled up, falling from the music-stand at the first breath of wind!
It is so nice to get the wrong page when one is connecting a
the pleasure of a beautifull book, well printed, well binded,
agreable to touch and to look at?
name me any lover of beautiful books owning a photocopy
Who could ignore that
copying is compared with fraudulous imitation? The law is probably
the same all over the world?
publishers are certainly strong enough to defend themselves! But one
knows what enormous amounts of money they spend on printing,
broadcasting music (and earning their living!): no publishers, no
more music in the shops! By dint of having their music stolen, they
will disappear and we'll have no more music to play but old dirty
composers, teachers, transcribers - work hard, and get very few
rewards... Trough copying the works of our colleagues, we are
"cutting the branch on which we are ourselves seated"! When there'll
be no more publisher, we'll serve our pupils the copies of our own
works... what a future!
An idea ?
of crying against this phenomen, the publisher of all fields could
to promote some chemical research: an ink which would fade away when
struck by the violent light of the photocopier ? A paper which would
turn colour if exposed to this
light? If there is a physical difference between sun light and the
copier's light, this method would allow you to play even in the sun
light (and get tanned!) without any danger for the score...
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