Free Music May: Open Goldberg Variations

Free Music May: Open Goldberg Variations


A great project: record Bach’s Goldberg Variations, release the recordings into the public domain for all to listen and share. Performed byKimiko Ishizaka, a pianist I have never heard of, but these are not second rate performances. I have only listened to the recording a few times, but I have heard the Goldbergs to the point that I know every movement almost by heart, and something tells me that this may beat out some of my favorite recordings.

Ishizakais a wonderful interpreter of Bach’s music, and having open access to these performances is a good thing. Check out more at

There are links on the page to download the tracks near the bottom, and also links to download the score, an iPad app and more. The iPad App is great and lets you follow along to the music with the score.

The recording was done with help


2 thoughts on “Free Music May: Open Goldberg Variations

  1. Glad you like the Open Goldberg Variations!

    Just one correction on your post: the project involved – the open source notation software, not Musopen.

    Later this year we’re going to kick off a similar project for the Well-Tempered Clavier. If you or your readers want notification when that starts, sign up for our no-spam, low-traffic mailing list:

    -Robert Douglass
    Director, Open Goldberg

    1. Sorry about the incorrect attribution, I have updated the post info. Great project, and will definitely let everyone know when the WTC project starts, sounds great! I signed up for the mailing list and will pass on any updates.

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