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performing copyrighted music with just piano accompaniment

Is it legal to perform copyrighted music with just piano accompaniment from the vocal score when the instrumental parts are available for rental but the budget is tight?
on October 21, 2014 9:59am
What an odd question; but as I've had the opposite happen to a couple pieces of mine, I'll venture a guess.  If the piano accomp. is indeed published in the score, then I suggest just going with that.  The copyright police aren't gonna come gunning for you.  On occasion I've had several a cappella charts of mine sung to slapped together piano accompaniment (no big deal), but the one that threw me was when Chanticleer sang my "Let's Do It" chart on Prairie Home Companion and some (insert smart crack) decided it needed a cheezy piano, bass and drums rhythm section...and I wasn't informed about it.  As Gilbert "Iago" (in Aladdin) Gottfried said, "Imagine my surprise!"  
Ken Malucelli
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on October 21, 2014 11:58am
Yes it is legal, unless the work is a stage work requiring grand rights, in which case you need permission from the publisher.
on October 21, 2014 12:01pm
As long as you have purchased enough vocal scores for the instruments you are using, I don't think anyone cares which score you read from.
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