Bach on Copyright

The Open Goldberg Variations by Kimiko Ishizaka (J. S. Bach, BWV 988)

Would Johann Sebastian Bach have approved of the current Copyright machinations and fights about music rights? He was fast in disagreeing with authority and in 1717 even spent a month in jail for forcing his dismissal from his job at the ducal court in Weimar.

With a big family and lots of kids, he needed the money from his music but his work as an organist as well as a composer were experiences and not recordings. Today some of his works have become so closely intertwined with a performer that they can hardly be seen differently.

One of Bach’s more complex, yet well-known pieces are the Goldberg Variations BWV 988 for Hapsichord and the two definitive recordings are both by Glen Gould recorded in 1955 and in 1981.;

Here is a video of Gould playing [updated 5/7/2013 as od link was dead]

in this spirit, an entirely new recording based on a newly revised score by Kimiko Douglass-Ishizaka is a breakthrough very much in the Spirit of Bach as it is entirely open source. The Open Goldberg Variations is a Kickstarter funded project that puts both the score and the complete recording in the open source.

“To help make this recording truly timeless, we need your help. Share it. Give it away. Introduce others to its beauty, and explain to them why you love it,” said Robert Douglass who launched the Kickstarter project. “Make yourself responsible for converting another person to being a Bach fan.” [via BoingBoing]

Download Page [Open Goldberg Variations] as MP3 or Flac (needs converter to play as AAC in iTunes)Goldberg variations BWV 988 Aria
Open Goldberg Variations [Soundcloud (embeddable)]
Sheet Music [Musescore]

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