Public Domain Music Resources

By it's very nature, it's difficult to go to the bookstore and pick up a book on public domain music. If anything, the library is usually one's best bet to search for books with music dated before 1923. (As of 2020 in the US, books for years after 1923 are slowly reaching the public domain again a year at a time.) There are a few books on the subject that I was able to get from my local bookstore that I've found an invaluable reference. They're published by Dover who has done a lot to make public domain material accessible to the public. The books I own and would recommend are:

Links to public domain music resources are provided on this page. I have a mailing list for discussion of locating public domain tunes and using Open Source programs to share them. See PDSongs if you'd like to join in.

 

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