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Hey all! I'm hoping to participate in a solo competition on alto this summer, and for this competition we (the performers) have to take care of all copyright issues. I was going to play the third movement of the Creston Sonata since I learned it in the past and it's just under 4 minutes, but the copyright costs are going to be way to much for me. So, I'm looking for a piece that I can use for this competition that is public domain. I'm thinking a horn or oboe solo may work, but I'm not sure. It has to make sense without accompaniment, since we will be unaccompanied for the contest, and under 4 minutes in length. Any suggestions?
 

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I don't know if there are any specific saxophone pieces without copyright, but you can search http://imslp.org/ to find something.

You'll probably have to adjust almost every piece you'll encounter... I'd suggest some work from Bach or something like that taken from the piano pieces (melody line), but it also depends on your playing level. Maybe some violin works.

EDIT: I remembered that in this site you have composers that basically compose works for free, but you still have to ask permission to use the works in public or other purposes. http://www.free-scores.com/
 

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I've never heard of a competition that requires only public domain pieces be played.
 

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The competition doesn't require it to be public domain - but it requires the competitors to deal with copyright issues. (I'm not exactly sure what that means, or how much it would actually cost.) The OP is thinking of doing a public domain piece to avoid those issues.
 
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