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Sibelius saves McCartney at Live 8.

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Last post 02/09/2005

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      Sibelius saves McCartney at Live 8
      By Macworld staff

      The Live 8 recording of Sir Paul McCartney and U2's performance of "Sergeant Pepper" would never have happened without Sibelius music notation software.

      Record producer Sir George Martin has revealed how he saved the day for Sir Paul McCartney at Live 8 by using Sibelius.

      Sir Paul McCartney was preparing to perform the song when with only hours to go, he realized that there were no French Horn parts, as the song had never been performed live by any of The Beatles.

      With help from friends

      He called Sir George Martin, who had written the parts in the first place. Sir Martin had his laptop with Sibelius loaded with him and, realising the parts' whereabouts was "a mystery in the sea of time", he immediately set about re-writing them completely from memory in Sibelius.

      The Sibelius file was then emailed across the Atlantic and the Live 8 concert began in spectacular style with Sir Paul accompanied by four French Horn players in full Sergeant Pepper costume.

        Well, that is very very cool, BUT Paul had performed Sgt Peppers' live before (eg on the Tripping album and on the Up Close TV show)...so they got that a bit wrong.

          glass_0ni0n:Well, that is very very cool, BUT Paul had performed Sgt Peppers' live before (eg on the Tripping album and on the Up Close TV show)...so they got that a bit wrong.

          TRUE, you are perfectly right Lauren! Paul had problems with his memory on that day... but luckily he was in perfect shape musicly and also for posing for photos...

            feact:
            With help from friends

            He called Sir George Martin, who had written the parts in the first place. Sir Martin had his laptop with Sibelius loaded with him and, realising the parts' whereabouts was "a mystery in the sea of time", he immediately set about re-writing them completely from memory in Sibelius.

            Nice, but isn't this coming from the same person who just recently slammed current music technology? ;)

              Matthew_Montoya:

              feact:
              With help from friends

              He called Sir George Martin, who had written the parts in the first place. Sir Martin had his laptop with Sibelius loaded with him and, realising the parts' whereabouts was "a mystery in the sea of time", he immediately set about re-writing them completely from memory in Sibelius.

              Nice, but isn't this coming from the same person who just recently slammed current music technology? ;)

              That thought did cross my mind!!

                Why didn't he just ask Wix Wickens his current keyboard guy? He played and toured with Macca in 1992.

                I don't buy it - it's a bit of a publicity stunt.

                  The onkly thing that comes to my mind was sinility - er, Sibelius!

                  I USE THAT PROGRAMME AS WELL!!!! though I can't read notes!