Free Music Resources in the Public Domain
Here’s the general gist of Public Domain:
- Copyright protection doesn’t last forever.
- Published before 1923: Public Domain.
- Between 1923-1978: In general, 95 years (1923 works enter the public domain in 2019).
- 1978-Present: Life of author + 70 years, not to exceed 120 years.
Where are places you can find free [legal] music? Here’s a list to start with:
- Choral Domain Public Library
- IMSLP – Petrucci Music Library
- Band Music Library
- Free PDF Sheet Music (Downloadable in other formats with purchase or membership)
- Free Piano Sheet Music
- Piano Public Domain
- Violin Sheet Music
- Mutopia Project
- Finale Showcase (need Finale)
- WIMA: Werner Icking Music Archive
- JSB Chorales
- Project Gutenberg Sheet Music Project