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A new public domain score and studio recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations - set the Goldbergs free!
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Public review of the Goldberg Variations starts now!

Thanks to the industrious team at MuseScore, the Open Goldberg Variations are now available for public review! This is a first draft of the score - there are certainly going to be mistakes and oddities that we'll iron out over the next months, and this is exactly why we need your help. Please visit the MuseScore site and take a look at what we've done.

You'll notice some pretty cool features that MuseScore built specifically to support this type of online collaboration. For example, you can annotate single measures of any score (use the "Add a note" link). You can also play the score in the browser which is an easy way to check for wrong notes, etc. The Goldberg Variations are available as MuseScore, MusicXML, MIDI, mp3, or PDF files.

To get started reviewing, sign up for an account on, and join the Open Goldberg Variations group. You'll then be able to annotate the music, join or start discussions, and comment on any score. We'll be tracking the suggestions and mistakes that are found, and periodically releasing new versions of the score. This will go on for at least 3 months.

This effort to crowd source the review of a classical score is unique. The tools and experiences that we're building for the Open Goldberg Project have the potential to revolutionize the way that we use music notation on the web. We're imagining a world where all of the public domain music is available in open source form.

Thanks for your support!

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