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Bach's Goldberg Variations commissioned for Public Domain Release [music] [public-domain] [commission] [free-software] [musescore]

One of the responses to my earlier post about the MusOpen symphony recording project mentioned a project I had overlooked: the Open Goldberg project has created new public domain scores for the Bach's "Goldberg Variations" using the MuseScore free software musical notation software and is commissioning a studio recording of piano soloist Kimiko Ishizaka performing the pieces, also for public domain release (with CC0).

This is another fantastic confluence of free software, free culture, and crowd-funding, as the project raised over $23,000 to fund the commission. According to the projects' site, the score produced will be peer-reviewed, making them on par with commercially produced scores.

This will be the first release of these 270-year-old works to be fully in the public domain (composition, arrangement, printing, and performance). The recording itself, which has followed a number of public performances in 2011, will be made this January -- in fact, just a couple of days from now as I write this.

Photo: Kimiko Ishizaka at the Piano / PR Photo


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