Inmanjd wrote:If you find a copy put me on the list. It's beautiful.
I can transcribe it and put it into some nice-looking notation software but it sounds like at least 10 - 20 hours of work and I would charge $50 per hour so that would be $500 to $1000 dollars. Not many people if any would pay that much for a transcription which is why I almost never do them because it's not worth the time and effort.
I have a musical skill set but people don't want to pay for it so it's better to make money outside of music where people will pay (or have to pay) the going rate for whatever you do, be it a lawyer, doctor, plumber or electrician etc..
Now there are people who do transcriptions for less money, I can't verify how accurate their work is but you can check them out on Fiverr dot com.
Even if Mr. Vieaux were to publish his arrangement - which is very difficult because he would have to get permission from the Ellington estate as well as the copyright holders/publishers - let's say he charged $15 for his arrangement and sold 100 on his website or elsewhere- by then somebody will have posted it on the internet which is then shared by multiple sites which cuts into any future profits. He also has to give a big cut of the sales to the Ellington publishing house as well so it's pretty much not worth it.
I do hope Mr. Vieaux comes out with the book of Pat Metheny arrangements he's been promising for years now, I think it will do well because Metheny is very popular and they're excellent pieces for solo guitar. But financially he probably will make very little on it or just about break even.
OK that's the end of my "there's no money in publishing arrangements" rant, sorry!