- Do you or someone you know create music?
- Is your son or daughter a ‘mini-Mozart’? “Listen, Mommy, I made this up at the piano.”
- Do you want others to be able to perform that musical creation?
- Are you unable to write down the music accurately or not at all?
I can help – let me notate the music for you. I can be your AMANUENSIS (someone who writes down a composer’s creative wishes
- 100% accuracy and satisfaction guaranteed.
- Any combination of instruments and/or voices.
- Your composition looks like professionally printed music.
Child prodigy, Mozart, was composing when he was 5 years old and could also write down his music. Of all the creative arts, notating music is the most difficult – it must be written down 100% accurately in order for the music to be faithfully reproduced, that is, performed as the composer intended.
Your AMANUENSUS notated composition will include most, if not all, of the following:
- Title: specific or generic
- Dedication (usually above the title)
- Subtitle: specifying the instrument and/or other information
- Composer name
- Composer’s age (especially if a child or young adult)
- Lyricist name (if a song, for example)
- Date of composition
- Dynamics (loud, quiet indications etc.)
- Phrasing (general performing directions)
- Copyright: the composer will be the legal owner of the music
The copy will also include, in square brackets [ ], Amanuensis editorial suggestions – which can be amended or deleted according to the composer’s instructions.
The bottom of each page will have: ‘Edited and published on behalf of the composer by AMANUENSIS Music Notating Service, offered by Dulais Rhys Music Services dot com’
See below for a ‘before and after’ example of what AMANUENSIS can do for you.
WHAT TO DO
- EITHER send Amanuensis a copy (always keep your original) of the attempt – no matter how vague – at writing down the music AND/OR an audio recording of the composition.
- Amanuensis will send you a free estimate of the cost of turning your copy into notated music.
- Amanuensis creates a notated copy of the music.
- Amanuensis invoices you for time and materials, for example paper, ink etc. See PAYMENT below.
- Upon cleared receipt of payment, Amanuensis sends you printed (by mail) or digital PDF (by mail) the notated copy.
- You review this copy: play it, check for accuracy etc.
- If you are satisfied, that will be the ‘final’ version* of the composition. Congratulations – you are a published composer!
- If you feel that the amended version is not 100% accurate to your original and/or needs further amending etc., it will be called a ‘draft1’ version.
- More substantial editing, revision or additions will be considered as ‘Additional Revision Work’ – see below.
- Return the Draft1 to Amanuensis with comments for further editing etc.
- Amanuensis returns to you Draft2 of the copy, which will include your corrections etc. Note: Amanuensis will not charge for this revision work.
- Repeat steps 6 through 8. until you are 100% satisfied.
* a ‘final’ version of the printed music should, when performed, sounds exactly as the composer intended.
- Amanuensis charges $40 per hour, pro rata, with postage & packing extra.
- Every Amanuensis Invoice will include an itemized bill of time and materials.
- Amanuensis will not charge for minor revision work – as per steps 6. through 8. above.
- Payment can be made via Pay Pal.
Amanuensis will store, free of charge, an electronic copy of the composition. This copy will not be divulged to a third party without the express permission of the composer.
ADDITIONAL REVISION WORK
If, after a 30 day hiatus, the composer requests further changes to the original version, for example, additional instruments/voices/pieces, Amanuensis will charge for this additional work – as per steps 2. through 8. above.
EXAMPLE OF ‘BEFORE & AFTER’ AMANUENSIS MUSIC NOTATING SERVICE
BEFORE: Composer's Original Version
AFTER: Amanuensis Final Version