If you’ve been following my articles about the International Music Score Libary Project (IMSLP.org), you’ll be happy to know that I’ve been recently been made aware of another similiar site that looks to be very promising. MusOpen.com offers a music library of copyright free, public domain music. MusOpen also offers a service called MusOpen: Bid that allows you to bid for them to create an engraving (computer entered) of any public domain, copyright free music.
MusOpen does a great job of allowing people to search through their music by offering search categories that include: Composer, Instrument, Period, and Form. One of the great unique options with their Free library is the ability to preview and listen to each piece. Using a great free publishing service called Scribd, users are able to preview, email, download and play any of the music they offer.
All in all, MusOpen is a great resource that does what it states:
Musopen is an online music library of copyright free music (public domain music). We want to give the world access to music, without the legal hassles so common today. There is a great deal of music that has expired copyrights, but almost no recordings of this music is in the public domain. We aim to record or obtain recordings that have no copyrights so that our visitors may listen, re-use, or in any way enjoy music. Put simply, our mission is to set music free.
Aaronn Dunn, Anthony Holland and Jerry Schirtzinger have done a great job with this site and I am certain that as it grows it will become (continue be) an extremely popular site among musicians and educators alike.
Visit this site today: http://musopen.com … also take the time to visit their blog where they give notice of their recent releases. They recently released The Complete Beethoven Sonatas.
Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D., is an industry innovator, educator, clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many music and education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator in higher education, he made the move into industry in 2018.
As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in many capacities during his tenure including Professor of music, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Associate/Assistant Chair of Music and Fine Arts, Director of Jazz Studies.
He finished his tenure at the college as the Director of Bands, where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Band, and various smaller ensembles. He continues to guest direct bands, consult with music programs, and adjudicate ensembles and programs today.
He has been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association, a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries.
He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, SBO, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications.
He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website: jpisano.com.