What Composers are in the Public Domain? – Link

I just ran across this very useful link for anyone who does arrangements or transcriptions:

“The Logos CopyLeft Pages” which has a handy list of composers who are (or are about to be in the public domain).

Thanks, CopyLeft!


Samples:Verdi, Franz Strauss, Dvorak, Albania, Joplin, Mahler, Saint-Saens, Sousa, Gershwin, De Falla, Webern, Elgar, Bartok, Revueltas, Ravel, Delius, Janacek, Puccini, Debussy, Grieg, Holst, Dukas, Glazunov, Respighi, Satie, Nielsen.

Works that will become public domain soon:

Richard Strauss (2019)

Kurt Weill (2020)

Arnold Schoenberg (2021)

Serge Prokofiev (2023)

Charles Ives (2024)

Reinhold Gliere (2026)

Jean Sibelius (2027)

A Day in the Life of a TV film Composer? (Bear McCreary)

Bear McCreary – Hurdy Gurdy & Black Sails Music

Blues for D.D. by Jeffrey Agrell – Oboe & Piano (with Diana Doherty!)

Blues for D.D. for Solo Oboe by Jeffrey Agrell

Blues for D.D for solo oboe by Jeffrey Agrell, performed by D.D. (the incomparable Diana Doherty).

How to Write a Melody (video)

Composing Quotation: No Greater Joy

Clara Schumann

There is nothing greater than the joy of composing something oneself and then listening to it.

–Clara Schumann

Article: Teaching Young Composers How to Earn a Living

Brandon Nelson has an intriguing blog aimed at composers that we all should subscribe to. The article I would like to direct you to is his recently (5-18-14) published  “Filling the Gap: Teaching Young Composers How to Earn a Living.” This article should be downloaded into the brain of every freshman composition major on the first day of school. It’s a brief article, but loaded with common sense. He succinctly touches on Commissions (Networking. Networking. Networking.), Self-Publishing, Commercial Publishing, Contests (check out The Composer’s Site), Recording Sales, Grants, and Scoring for Film/TV/Stage (not much in this category – he admits to having no experience here).

A lot of great information and advice in a small space. Read it today!

Eccentric Dances for Solo Tuba by Jeffrey Agrell. Soloist: Andrew Dolgon

Write Like Mozart and other MOOC offerings

A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course – a gigantic development in (free) distance education. MOOC courses are often oriented toward science and not so much toward music, but there are interesting offerings out there, even some of interest to composers.

Coursera offers many free college-level music courses, including Write Like Mozart: An Introduction to Classical Music Composition, Songwriting, and The Language of Hollywood: Storytelling, Sound, and Color.

Not free, but with a lot of (how-to) courses is Udemy, with offerings such as Music Theory for Electronic Musicians, Learn How to Record and Mix Music, Mixing Music with Logic Pro, Learn How to Remix.




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