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Re: Ty Waston(Joyful Song)

At 04:58 PM 1/14/96 -0500, you wrote:
>Dear brass-band list members:
>I just wanted to let Ty Watson know that Richard Philips of the UK has just
>written a brand new cornet solo entitled "Joyous Song." I though I'd let Ty
>know because that title is almost indentical to one of the cornet solos that
>he (Ty) has already composed, "JoyFUL Song."
>Ty, I heard that you submitted your music (Joyful Song in particular) to Mr.
>Philips at SP&S for his review? If this is true do you think he came up with
>that title on his own?

I just wanted to reply to this letter.

Not that I have any particular desire to take sides in this issue, I wonder
if in fact, Richard Phillips is being accused of anything or if this is just
news of a new cornet solo.  If you are in fact saying something, please say
it, otherwise, I don't know that your insinuation is particularly fair.
Lots of music titles are similar and unless the music is similar, and I for
one do not know if they are (do you?), I think that it is a coincidence and
nothing more.  Certainly a title is a small part of a piece of music.  

I'm not looking to start a debate here, but I do think that the allegation
you seem to be making is unfair, and to vent your feelings in a public forum
when, if I read your email address correctly, you could have easily
contacted Ty privately is most unfair.

For what it's worth, I believe that regardless of the title, Ty's music will
continue to be quite popular, as will Richard's.

Erik Pittock

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