Dating music by publisher
The Larrikin Records label became widely known in 2009 after Larrikin Music sued the band Men At Work for allegedly stealing part of the melody of the song "Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree," whose publishing rights are held by Larrikin Music, in the music of their hit "Down Under".Warren Fahey, the former owner of both Larrikin Music and Larrikin Records, has always refuted claims that he was personally responsible for the action (see, e.g.
Songwriter, performer, theatre owner, music publisher and soldier, he wrote scores to more than a dozen Broadway musicals (including ANNIE GET YOUR GUN), and dozens of Hollywood movie musicals, including two which have recently become successful stage properties: WHITE CHRISTMAS and TOP HAT. Boosey & Hawkes represents the world’s leading classical composers from Aaron Copland and Igor Stravinsky to such contemporary artists as John Adams and Steve Reich.
The British Library holds one of the finest collections of printed and manuscript music in the world.
It encompasses music dating from the middle ages to the present and includes a large number of autograph music manuscripts (scores written out by the composers themselves).
Sometimes they’re quite easy to spot, other times they can be tricky or impossible.
So, you’ve got a piece of music in front of you, no date is printed on it. (MRA.2)" width="300" height="234" srcset="https://musicb3.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/watermark.jpg? w=300&h=234 300w, https://musicb3.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/watermark.jpg? w=600&h=468 600w, https://musicb3.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/watermark.jpg? w=150&h=117 150w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" / With pre-20th century music, it can be a good idea to see if there’s a watermark.