The Open Goldberg Variations were created in partnership with MuseScore and IMSLP, and with your help, we created a gorgeous new score in MuseScore format that can be edited, arranged, transposed, exported to MIDI, MusicXML, PDF, and even Braille. Now, MuseScore and IMSLP are partnering to create OpenScore, a Wikipedia inspired project for ALL public domain music. This is our chance to extend the Open Goldberg concept to all classical music, and they're doing it with a Kickstarter campaign. Kickstarter backers will be able to influence which pieces get transcribed first. If you love music and believe that it should all be set free, now is your chance to help out, and support OpenScore. Thank you!
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!
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: https://kimikoishizaka.bandcamp.com/album/j-s-bach-open-goldberg-variations
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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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.
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!