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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000283.txt from 2004/12

From: "James Fay" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Re: Sousa Collection
Date: Thu, 16 Dec 2004 21:00:32 -0500

You might want to contact Loras Shissel, conductor of the Virginia Grand
Military Band. He is a Sousa specialist and works at the Library of =
and is featured in the video "If you knew Sousa" We play a lot of Sousa,
some original and some arranged by Loras.

-----Original Message-----
From: Oliver Seely []=20
Sent: Thursday, December 16, 2004 4:37 PM
Subject: [kl] Re: Sousa Collection

Following the announcement of the listing of the Sousa Collection at the =

University of Illinois library site, I wrote to someone there and asked=20
about the conditions of use and he asked me "which one"?

So I downloaded the entire list and discovered it is divided between=20
manuscripts and published works. I picked a few from the manuscripts=20
pretty much at random, checked them against the published works and when =

nothing turned up I went to the J.W. Pepper archive of published works =
checked there. When I had six pieces which seemed never to have been=20
published I sent the information back to my contact and told him I =
to create some modern editions, play them with a band to which I belong, =

then put them up on my Web site.

He wrote back with an estimate of microfilming of $500 which included a =
"use fee" for putting it up on the Internet! I told him it was a little =

too rich for my blood, with which he agreed.

I have to laugh about this experience in the context of the rare =
collection of the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris being downloadable as=20
.pdf files and the same with the California Sheet Music Collection from=20
1850 - 1880 and the recently available "great works" on CD as David=20
reminded us today. The folks at the U of I, for all their preeminence =
pushing forward the Age of Information, still don't quite get it.


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