Monthly Archives: March 2011

Open Goldberg Variations – Setting Bach Free

IMSLP is pleased to announce their partnership with the Open Goldberg Variations project and MuseScore.com. We’re teaming up to create a new score and a new recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, both of which will be released into the public domain for everyone to use. Fund raising for the effort is going on right now on Kickstarter.com. Check out the video below.

Upon completion of the project, these works will be available on the IMSLP website for everybody to enjoy without any limitations on usage. The Creative Commons Zero licensing tool will guarantee that every use of the works is protected.

The score will be made using MuseScore, the leading open source notation software. The score will undergo scholarly review and will retain all the benefits of being distributed in its digital source format. For example, musicians will be able to add fingerings and other markings directly into the MuseScore file.

Musical scores and recordings, when made readily available, can have a profoud benefit in musical education, in the performance of the music, and the listening enjoyment of fans. Music libraries have long played the role of providing these valuable assets, but as the Internet has grown to be the dominant communications medium, the value of a paper score and a vinyl recording have been dwarfed in the face of their digital counterparts.

By creating a new score and recording of Bach’s work, and releasing them into the public domain, IMSLP and the Open Goldberg Variations Project hope to bring Bach’s music to a wider audience than ever before. You can play a role, too, by donating directly to the project on Kickstarter.com, where fund raising is taking place. A range of donor rewards are available such as CDs and printed editions of the score. You can also dedicate one of the 30 Variations to yourself or someone you love, and the dedication will appear in all digital and printed versions of the works.

Thank you for your support of this exciting project. We look forward to its completion when we’ll be able to share a new score and recording of the Goldbergs with you.