West Side Story vs. In the Heights

Ben Ratner has a few words about Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story”. Have a listen:

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  1. Damien Riehl

    Ben Ratner must not be a percussionist — or must have never played a clave. Because that’s the standard clave rhythm: “3:2 son clave.”
    https://www.masterclass.com/articles/learn-about-music-clave-rhythm-definition-and-examples#what-does-son-clave-mean

    DId “The Heights” copy all of the songs listed here?
    https://musictheory.pugetsound.edu/mt21c/ThreeTwoClave.html

    Nope — because nobody owns that rhythm. It’s been around for ages. And is not copyrightable. In copyright terms, it’s “scenes a faire.”

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