Some of you may have noticed that I posted a link to a recording of "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" a few days ago but then removed it.
The "Prufrock Remix," as I like to call it, will be posted very shortly, but in the meantime, I am posting a letter that I had written privately to someone, who encouraged me to post it here, as well:
Well, as you have probably noticed, I have edited those previous posts I have made in regard to a competed "Prufrock."
I will be remixing the recording, attaching the appropriate credits, and--as it would happen--using different music.
The music I had used is, in fact, in the public domain, but I had been misled in regard to my ability to use it. Though I had been given permission, the "permitter" may not have been completely informed. The music is by Franz Liszt, and I used it, not only because it's a great piece of music, but because it is titled "Apres une lecture du Dante," written by Liszt after said Dante reading. Eliot begins "Prufrock" with a passage from Dante, so the use of Listz's sonata would have been ideal. However, though Liszt's music is, indeed, in the public domain, no recordings of it are, and even though "my" pianist gave me permission to use his performance, he may have been speaking "out of turn." To avoid any and all problems, I have elected to change the music.
I have spent a great deal of time in researching this matter since our last communique, and I have learned a great deal today. I now have in my possession legal documents which will allow me absolutely legal use of the music I will be using for the "Prufrock Remix." I can absolutely guarantee you beyond even the most infinitessimal doubt that there will be no problems whatsoever with the use of the music I have arranged to use for the file that will be completed this evening.
Do know that it has been--and remains--my most sincere desire to produce recordings that will reflect in the most positive way on the great work being done by all of you at LibriVox.