Monday, January 26, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
On Sunday January 25, Fireworks Ensemble presents a multi-media celebration of vintage cartoon music and animation at le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York. The 7:30 PM performance will spotlight composing legends Carl Stalling (Warner Bros.) and Scott Bradley (MGM), whose music choreographed the hijinks of Bugs & Daffy (Stalling) and Tom & Jerry (Bradley) from the 1930s through the '50s. Raymond Scott will figure in the mix. Fireworks will perform four classic cartoon scores as live soundtracks to the original animation, including an early 1930s Stalling score (The Village Smitty, featuring Flip The Frog) and his daredevil score for the Coyote and Roadrunner classic There They Go-Go-Go! The concert also features a set of works by Raymond Scott in their original jazz-ensemble setting, including "Powerhouse," "Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals," and "War Dance for Wooden Indians." Fireworks is recording an album of classic cartoon music, which will include several Scott compositions.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Thursday, January 01, 2009
Snared on eBay—cheap. Five-page sheet music now scanned and cleaned up. Got a squeezebox? Want a free pdf? Drop us a note, ask nice. Vintage uncertain: "Powerhouse" was composed by Scott and copyrighted by Circle Music, his original publishing company, in 1937. Circle was listed on this accordion chart as publisher. However, Circle ceased to exist in 1943 when Scott's catalog was sold to Warner Bros., who folded it into their Advanced Music Corp. holdings. In 1964, U.S. rights to "Powerhouse" and hundreds of other Scott titles reverted to the composer, who sold most of them to Music Sales Corp., the current publisher. Warner retained non-U.S. international rights, now controlled by the umbrella corporation Warner-Chappell. Scott retained about one hundred copyrights for his self-owned publishing company Gateway Music. The 1943 sale of Circle rights to Warner provided the foundation for Carl Stalling's freedom to adapt Scott compositions in Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies. Hat tip to Jeff Winner for the eBay alerts.