- August 10, 2019 at 1:05 pm #32831
So, Grieg’s Norwegian Dance was re-harmonised (beautifully) by Django Reinhardt. I play a classical guitar duet version which uses some of Django’s jazz chord voicings.
My understanding is that Norwegian Dance is public domain, and copyright is based on the lead melody, not the chords, so I’m thinking I don’t need copy right permission..? But maybe there is some-one on here who knows more about this kind of thing than me and can kindly point me in the right direction?August 11, 2019 at 3:46 pm #32835
Certainly in some territories you can definitely copyright an arrangement of a public domain song. Usually exists with traditional folk songs here in Ireland and UK.August 25, 2019 at 12:16 pm #32941
Yes, here in Sweden as well. I was able to register my own arrangement for the Chapman Stick regarding a trad folk tune. Originally this was just a melody passed from fiddler to fiddler over several generations and written down for the first time in 1906. A piano jazz player made an arrangement with a record release in 1967.