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AMANUENSIS

Music Notating Service
  • 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

  1. 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.
  2. Amanuensis will send you a free estimate of the cost of turning your copy into notated music.
  3. Amanuensis creates a notated copy of the music.
  4. Amanuensis invoices you for time and materials, for example paper, ink etc. See PAYMENT below.
  5. Upon cleared receipt of payment, Amanuensis sends you printed (by mail) or digital PDF (by mail) the notated copy.
  6. You review this copy: play it, check for accuracy etc.
  7. If you are satisfied, that will be the ‘final’ version* of the composition. Congratulations – you are a published composer!
    1. 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.
    2. More substantial editing, revision or additions will be considered as ‘Additional Revision Work’ – see below.
    3. Return the Draft1 to Amanuensis with comments for further editing etc.
  8. Amanuensis returns to you Draft2 of the copy, which will include your corrections etc. Note: Amanuensis will not charge for this revision work.
  9. 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.

PAYMENT

  • 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.

STORAGE

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

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