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Free Public Domain Sheet Music
All published sheet music before 1923 is in the public domain, and is free to use however you like with no permission needed by the publisher.
We are compiling a link list to all of the best websites that provide free sheet music in the public domain. We strive to only include sites that are truly free, and do not require payment, but some sites may get on the list because they offer both free and paid sheet music or they offer other useful downloads.
Project Gutenberg volunteers have been engaging in digitizing public domain sheet music, using a variety of techniques, to enable study and performance.
The Loeb Music Library, using the systems and services for image digitization developed by the Harvard University Library's (HUL) Library Digital Initiative, is creating an expansible resource of scanned images of rare and unique musical scores that will be freely available via the Web for classroom and research use at Harvard and to scholars all over the world.
The Choral Public Domain Library was begun in December 1998, CPDL is one of the world's largest free sheet music sites. You can use CPDL to find scores, texts, translations, and information about composers. This site can be a little tricky to navigate, but look for the PDF file link on the page to get to the sheet music.
Welcome to the Mutopia Project ... a place where music is free for everyone! Download it, print it out, and share it. Mutopia is similar in spirit to Project Gutenberg, but consists of free sheet music.
The Classical Archives is the largest classical music site on the web:
Free sheet music downloads - staff paper - music teacher resources.
This project provides web access, through digital scanning and descriptive indexing, to a unique collection of rare American music material in the UNC-Chapel Hill Music Library.
The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music is part of
Special Collections at the Milton S. Eisenhower Library of The Johns Hopkins
University. It contains over 29,000 pieces of music and focuses on popular
American music spanning the period 1780 to 1960. All pieces of the collection
are indexed on this site and a search will retrieve a catalog description of the
pieces. An image of the cover and each page of music will also be retrieved if
the music was published before 1923 and is in the public domain.
Historic American Sheet Music collection of Duke University, now part of
Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music 1820-1860
Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music 1870-1885
19th Century California Sheet Music collection at UC Berkeley
Sam DeVincent Collection of American Sheet Music
Collection of African-American Sheet Music 1850-1920 at Brown University,
now part of the Library of Congress American
America Singing: songsheets published late 1700s to 1880s, with lyrics
Charles H. Templeton Ragtime Sheet Music Collection, at Mississippi State
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