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Since my freshman year of college, my compositional pen has lain dormant. I'm happy to report, however, that this morning I experienced a madly prolific spell of creativity. I am proud to introduce to the world, and in particular to the attentions of British copyright law, my three-act opera Tristan + Isolde, which bears certain superficial resemblances to the similarly titled Richard Wagner opera, though in truth there are numerous small but telling differences of tempo, dynamics, articulation, and instrumentation (a brief xylophone solo in the King Mark scene, for example); also my lovely orchestral tone poem Prelude to the Afternoon of a Fern and a song entitled "Hey, Jude?" in the key of F-flat. My first set of nine symphonies should be done by the end of the day. I look forward to receiving worldwide royalties from these powerful and original new works.
Update: Marc Geelhoed of Chicago has been delving into the manuscripts of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and has come to a startling conclusion: the eighth-rest at the very beginning of the work should in fact be an eighth-note G, meaning that the symphony's famous "fate motto" is not da-da-da-DAH but da-da-da-da-DAH. As Mr. Geelhoed's legal counsel in this matter, I, in turn, have been delving into the intricacies of early nineteenth-century Austrian law, and have come to the perhaps equally startling conclusion that Mr. Geelhoed is owed retroactive royalties on all performances of Beethoven's Fifth over the past two hundred years, including but not limited to recordings, electronic transmissions, print reproductions, Morse Code, and humming. Although I expect to receive a portion of these royalties myself, I wish to make clear that my primary motivation is not untrammeled greed but a simple desire to see justice done at long last.