Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Royal house accused of theft – Göteborgs-Posten

When Prince Charl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist tied Hymens tape was made, among other things, to a gospel music, arranged by Swede Anders Neglin. It made the composer Mervyn Warren angering.

Gospel song Joyful, Joyful based on Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 was performed at Prince Carl Philps and Sofia Hellqvist’s wedding on Saturday. The composer Anders Neglin – perhaps until then was best known for having created the The CSO and The department store theme songs – Support for the event.

Did you recognize the song? It might not be so surprising. Many have reacted to the fact that it bore striking similarities to an arrangement of the same song that was made back in 1993, in the movie Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit .

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One of them that raised eyebrows was the American Mervyn Warren. It was he who composed the gospel arrangement of the Whoopi Goldberg comedy.

On Twitter he wrote:

“So, my district of Joyful, Joyful performed on the Swedish prince’s wedding – but a shit boot named Angers Neglin taking credit. “

Listen: The song performed by Lauryn Hill in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
Listen: The song sung by Samuel Ljungbladh in Anders Neglin arrangements

He is backed by a number of followers on Twitter who consider songs to be confusingly similar.

Anders Neglin have chose not to comment on the criticism, but Stefan Forsberg, who is director of the Royal Philharmonic and the wedding’s music, tells Aftonbladet that he did not feel it move on plagiarism.

– There is no basis for Warren’s criticism . I do not really know what he has had access to, but this is done according to the rules. You have the right to make your interpretation of all music that is published.

However, he admits the resemblance.

– It’s known and sung very often. So absolute is the shape as a model. But one might confuse shape and arrangement here. Arrangement’s when writing harmonies to different instruments. That’s what Anders Neglin stands as the originator of – nothing else.

Currently there no plans to sort out the matter with Mervyn Warren, who on Twitter also says that Samuel Heather Bladhs and the musicians’ performance of the song was dull.


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