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A new public domain score and studio recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations - set the Goldbergs free!
A new public domain score and studio recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations - set the Goldbergs free!
A new public domain score and studio recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations - set the Goldbergs free!
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The Open Well-Tempered Clavier is now available


Hello free-culture fans: there's something new to download, enjoy, and share. Kimiko Ishizaka's Open Well-Tempered Clavier, including a new score by MuseScore, has been published and released into the public domain today. Here's the full announcement on Kickstarter. Enjoy!

The Open Well-Tempered Clavier
The Open Well-Tempered Clavier

The Open Goldberg Variations are now on Bandcamp

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In order to further promote the Open Goldberg Variations, and to reduce operational costs that fall outside of the original project budget, the Open Goldberg Variations are now hosted on Bandcamp

The music files are available, as before, in FLAC, WAV, and MP3 formats. They are now additionally available as AIF as well. Furthermore, the metadata of the files is improved, containing individual track art and better normalized metadata.

Hosting the downloads of the Open Goldberg Variations has been expensive, costing over $3,000 since the release in May, 2012. This expense was not budgeted for, and has come out of pocket.

Furthermore, despite many fans' inquiries about how they may donate money to the project to support Kimiko and her efforts to record more great music, we've never offered a mechanism to support this. With Bandcamp, it is easy to set up "pay what you want" downloads and give fans that opportunity, while preserving the free (gratis and libre) aspects of the music itself.

Finally, the download form on Bandcamp has an email capture field, meaning we'll be able to notify people of upcoming releases (such as the Open Well-Tempered Clavier). 

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The  "new" Open Goldberg Variations in iTunes
The "new" Open Goldberg Variations in iTunes

Braille edition of the Open Goldberg Variations

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MuseScore and the Open Goldberg Project are happy to announce the immediate availability of the Open Goldberg Variations score in braille format. This score will allow blind musicians to read Bach's Goldberg Variations on braille terminal devices, or to print the score onto paper using braille embossers. Get the files on the Open Goldberg Variations website. If you are interested in the ongoing efforts to create more braille music, please sign up for the dedicated mailing list.

Kimiko and the 50,000th Bösendorfer


Exciting news from Bösendorfer: they've celebrated 185 years in existence and have created their 50,000th instrument. When Kimiko Ishizaka visited the Wiener-Neustadt factory, Director Brian Kemble gave us a sneak peek at the instrument, before it was even completely finished. Here is a "behind the scenes" glimpse at the 50,000 - a sort of "instrument in the making" video, featuring Kimiko Ishizaka and Bach.

While we were at the Bösendorfer factory, Kimiko also chose the Bösendorfer 280 that will travel to the Teldex Studio in Berlin for the Open Well-Tempered Clavier recording. We recorded her trying out three magnificent instruments: can you spot the winner before she reveals which one it is?

The Open Well-Tempered Clavier Kickstarter is still going: if you haven't had a chance to check it out, take a look, and consider supporting us!

Announcing the Open Well-Tempered Clavier: Ba©h to Bach

It's been over two years since we announced the Open Goldberg Variations, yet so much has happened in that time. Thank you for sticking with us as we made the first "open source" score and recording of Bach's music. We're very happy that we brought joy to many people with this project.

We haven't been standing still, though, and today, after lots of preparation, we are very happy to present to you the Open Well-Tempered Clavier: Ba©h to Bach. It is a direct continuation of the Open Goldberg project, aiming to make a new digital score and recording of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1. But our team has grown, as have our abilities to deliver. In addition to Kimiko Ishizaka, MuseScore, Anne-Marie Sylvestre, Bösendorfer, and GRIN Verlag, we've got three important new additions to the team.

First, we are very proud to announce that the Well-Tempered Clavier recording will be produced and distributed by PARMA Recordings on their Navona label. That's right - a modern music label is dedicated to the creation of a public domain recording!

Second, Dave Rees of will be creating learning videos about the Well-Tempered Clavier based on the recording and score that we make. Here is his video announcing his support for the project:

Finally, a film producer named An'a Osipanova from Moscow is bringing her film crew to all twelve concerts that Kimiko Ishizaka is playing during the Kickstarter fundraising, as well as the recording session in March, and creating a documentary film on the topic. Setting Bach free is going to be in the movies!

Join us on this next journey! Kimiko Ishizaka will help you love this music more than you ever thought you could.

Greetings from the Open Goldberg Team

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