Dear Readers, What would you do in my position?? A band recently asked me for some music, which I gave them free-of-charge. As they are using it in an entertainment contest, they felt they had to make some cuts for the sake of timing - which I understand, of course. They asked me if this was OK and I suggested the only way I would like it shortened would be to play just one of the movements, rather than chop it up too much. I had no response to this but have learned that they are to go ahead with the cuts, even claiming that they have my sanction to do so. Now, I realise that we composers NEED performances and I'm always grateful when a band chooses a piece of mine. But don't you think the composer's wishes deserve a little more respect?? Following on from Bram Tovey's strict instructions not to use pedals in his Open test-piece, should we composers take our ball and go home?? Or should we accept it as inevitable that many (most?) bands think they are more important than the music. Aren't we putting the cart before the horse sometimes??