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Attention, crowdfunders: set Chopin free!

September 6, 2013


Frédéric Chopin by Eugène Delacroix, Musée du Louvre

Frédéric Chopin by Eugène Delacroix, Musée du Louvre

Musopen is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing copyright free music content: music recordings, sheet music and a music textbook. In 2010, they raised $68, 359 (well over the $11,000 requested) on Kickstarter to hire an internationally renowned orchestra : Musopen recorded and released the rights to Beethoven, Brahms, Sibelius, and Tchaikovsky symphonies.

Today, Musopen has decided to tackle a far more ambitious project: record and release for free (meaning royalty-free) the entire works of Frédéric Chopin.

A little bit of explanation here: true, it is 164 years after Chopin’s death. So his music is well into the public domain. Yet, as Musopen explains, most people still consume it as if it were still copywritten: from CDs, iTunes, or Youtube videos (many of which are copywritten).

The new fundraising campaign aims at hiring talented performers to record all of Chopin’s works and then release this music for free, both in 1080p video and 24 bit 192kHz audio. This is roughly 245 pieces.

To do this, Musopen needs $75,000. The fundraising campaing is going through October 20th, 2013.

To learn more about their project : Set Chopin free Kickstarter’s page.