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Wendy Jensen

9/18/2008 8:45:35 AM

Public Domain
How do you know if a song if public domain? I work as an organist at a church and adore some of the hymns that I play, most are rare Danish hymns from 1600-1700s. I'd love to record some of these on the organ. Are most hymns public domain?


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9/18/2008 9:00:21 AM


I dunno ... you can contact the Library of Congress and find out ( or get passed around from one bureaucrat to the next until your spirit gets broken ) ...

But, I just had to say that Organ players are awesome. There are some Cathedrals out here in England that have some amazing organ players and I just sneak in and listen and have a little picnic on the bleachers and it's marvelous ! Some of the best pipes ever... nothing like it. Gina French's daughter is an organist as well and I believe she has a page here on IAC. Her name is Jessica French and she is phenomenal ! I will have to check your work out as well. I've much respect for those that play the Organ proper, and hymns from 16-1700s is seductive you pipe playing succubus you.

Here is Jessica's copy and paste link because me can't fathom all the html jargon to do a proper link. I'm stupid. I'm so stupid I don't even believe I'm stupid when I say I'm stupid which I've heard is the first step to recovery, but then I've heard there really is no cure so the I think to myself... maybe I'll just always be stupid.

http://independentartistscompany.com/artist.aspx?id=45144


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Wendy Jensen

9/18/2008 3:07:49 PM


crackajack - thanks for the comments about the organ. I'm a pianist posing as an organist lol. This is my fourth year playing at the church and I am still learning tricks. The organ we use is very small compared to most, and not a true pipe organ. I haven't recorded anything yet on the organ but will once I acquire use of a lap top.

Larree - thank you for the input. I will check out the reference you gave me! And woot, I can do a whole album on hymnal covers. Some of the Danish ones are truly beautiful pieces of music,


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Beth Fridinger

9/20/2008 9:57:32 AM


Before 922 they are in the public domain. Songs not in the public domain won't be in the public domain for a long time, maybe another 75 years
You can go check here
http://www.harryfox.com
click on "HFA Song File" and then click on public search
type in the title of the song, title, or author
It can be confusing because people will do a song in public domain and copyright their version of it...so this is a very hard thing to figure out.
There is also a web site if you google public domain you will get it but you have to pay a fee to find out if the song is in the public domain.


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Beth Fridinger

9/20/2008 9:59:22 AM


Before 1922 they are in the public domain. Songs not in the public domain won't be in the public domain for a long time, maybe another 75 years
You can go check here
http://www.harryfox.com
click on "HFA Song File" and then click on public search
type in the title of the song, title, or author
It can be confusing because people will do a song in public domain and copyright their version of it...so this is a very hard thing to figure out.
There is also a web site if you google public domain you will get it but you have to pay a fee to find out if the song is in the public domain.


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Nigels

9/20/2008 4:40:00 PM


Hi Wendy
Just in case you did not know. Even if the song is not in th PD all you need to have is a "Mechanical License" these don't cost much if you sell less than a few thousand copies. You can get ML form the Harry Fox site. By the way that is a good idea for a recording project. The pipe organ has many devoted listners. Have you heard of an Estonian composer
Arvo Part
he uses it better than anyone else I have heard.


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