A compilation of the best resources to find and get free and public domain sheet music. These musical pieces are not copyrighted, or else the copyright has expired. The majority of these collections contain strictly classical music, but you will occasionally find a pop, jazz, contemporary, or sacred piece among them. Happy hunting!
The Mutopia Project
Free Sheet Music
Free-Scores : World Wide Free Sheet Music (Directory and Direct Download)
Highly recommended! One of the best collections out there – very complete classical piano collection. Serves as both a directory and a direct download collection, with titles in PDF and often a sample audio file in MIDI format, so you can hear how the piece sounds before you play. Main site is in French; this link will take you to the English version.
International Music Score Library Project
Very complete. Over 20,000 scores for download. Done in wiki format, very nice.
The Sheet Music Archive
Historic American Sheet Music
G Major Music Theory: Freebies
Sheet Music Web
Free Sheet Music Library
Large collection, including link directory. For many instruments.
Sheet Music Fox
Music Notes: Free
Rotates different pieces each week. Must install their free viewer before you can see the sheet music. Part of larger site with for-pay downloads.
Virtual Sheet Music: Free
Over 1,900 pieces.
Simplified piano arrangements for beginning students.
Project Gutenberg: Sheet Music
Finally, the original resource for free e-books has a sheet music section! Small, but still growing.
Free Sheet Music Downloads
Werner Icking Music Archive
Great collection. Icons by each piece make it easy to identify file formats. Most included in PDF format. Listed by composer.
Sheet Music Digital: Public Domain
2,500+ PDF titles available for direct download. They also offer a subscription model.
University of Rochester Sheet Music Library
Outstanding collection. Mostly PDF format. Listed by author.
Online Scores Prototype
From a huge private collection.
Choral Public Domain Library
Established in 1998. Fantastic resource for choral works and sacred music.
More Free Music
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Piano Passion: Guide to Free Sheet Music
Great list, well annotated.
The Cyber Hymnal
Great resource for church song leaders. Read hymn histories, complete lyrics to all the old traditional hymns, download MIDI audio, and in some cases sheet music is available in NoteWorthy Composer format. All in all an outstanding resource for the hymn lover.
A social network for piano sheet music lovers! Share and trade your sheet music collection with thousands of others. Can’t find that song you need? Search for it at Piano Files, see who has it, then email them your request. Interesting idea.
Free Sheet Music Guide
Best Places to Buy Sheet Music Online
A few sites that are worthy of mention.
Sheet Music Plus
Music Books Plus
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