When it comes to sheet music, the term “public domain” refers to pieces that are not protected by copyright laws. Whether the laws never applied or have simply expired, what this essentially means is: free sheet music! You can own, record, arrange and perform public domain pieces without worry, since they are not “owned” by anyone. And the best part is, every year, more pieces reach their copyright expiration date. The catalog of public domain music is always increasing!
However, there is one major downside to public domain sheet music. Since no one has ownership of the music, the arrangements are often incorrect, awkwardly formatted, and hard to read. In the wormhole of poorly scanned pieces of sheet music across the internet, it can be incredibly difficult to find an accurate transcription. This is where Musicnotes Editions come in.
Musicnotes Editions are public domain pieces that have been expertly arranged as digital sheet music files. These arrangements are offered in multiple keys, for multiple instruments, regardless of what instrument the piece was originally written for. You can sync the songs instantly to your Musicnotes app and print off as many copies as you like, in all available keys! It’s time to stop squinting at smudgy PDFs and get yourself some high-quality sheet music.
With so many Musicnotes Editions to choose from, we’re going to share some of our favorites!
Moonlight Sonata is one of Beethoven’s most famous pieces, and it has become standard repertoire for pianists. Though the first movement is arguably the most popular, all three movements are public domain! With arrangements for advanced, easy, and beginning piano, in addition to arrangements for more instruments, Moonlight Sonata is one of those pieces you just can’t pass up!
Click here to find your perfect Moonlight Sonata arrangement.
Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” has become a beloved piece both in and out of the classical music world. Appearing in countless films and television series, this enchanting piece has found its way into millions of unsuspecting Spotify playlists.
Click here to browse “Clair de Lune” sheet music arrangements for every instrument and skill level.
When it comes to songs nearly everyone can sing, there aren’t very many. The traditional hymn, “Amazing Grace,” is one of these songs, and the best part about grabbing the Musicnotes Edition is your access to eight different keys. But don’t worry, we’ve got arrangements for every instrument as well.
Click here to find the perfect “Amazing Grace” arrangement for you!
Any weddings coming up? Pachelbel’s famous “Canon in D” typically falls in the lap of most classical musicians at some point or another. Though commonly played on stringed instruments, we love every instrument, so we thought we’d make an arrangement for each of them!
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Right now, vocalists everywhere are giving us their nod of approval. With our Musicnotes Edition of “Ave Maria,” you can choose from nine keys, so this song is yours to own no matter what voice part you may be! And since we’re not biased, we’ve taken the liberty of creating sheet music arrangements for every instrument and skill level too.
Click here to find your perfect Schubert “Ave Maria” arrangement.
We felt it wasn’t right to mention Schubert’s “Ave Maria” without also calling attention to Bach! Though the pieces share the same name, they’re very different, yet equally beautiful.
Click here to browse Bach’s “Ave Maria” sheet music arrangements for every instrument and skill level.
What better piece to strengthen your fourth and fifth piano playing fingers than Beethoven’s “Für Elise?” While the complete piano arrangement of “Für Elise” is considered more advanced, we’ve arranged easy and beginner versions for the millions of students who will be taking this piece on in the future.
Click here to browse “Für Elise” sheet music arrangements for all instruments and skill levels.
Most musicians will stumble across “Danny Boy” at some point in their career. This traditional Irish tune is perfect for beginning students, so we’ve arranged easy and beginner versions that all students will be sure to enjoy.
Eric Satie’s Gymnopédie compositions are versatile piano pieces that can be played by both intermediate and advanced musicians. With simple right-hand melodies accompanied by strong left-hand chords, these pieces allow unlimited room for expression in your playing. Though “Gymnopédie No. 1” is easily the most popular, don’t forget to grab “Gymnopédie No. 2” and “Gymnopédie No. 3” to complete the trifecta. We’ve also included a beginner piano arrangement, as well as an arrangement for guitarists–because pianists shouldn’t have all the fun!
Click here to find your perfect Gymnopédie arrangement.
You may not recognize the title of this piece right away, but simply listen, and you’ll instantly recognize this Chopin masterpiece. Chopin’s “Nocturne in E Flat Major (Op. 9, No. 2)” is for advanced musicians, but nearly every pianist aspires to conquer it. We’ve also put together an arrangement for guitarists who want to take on the challenge!
Click here to find your perfect “Nocturne in E Flat Major” arrangement.
We’ve only touched the tip of the Musicnotes Editions iceberg, and there are a few pieces we don’t want to skip over! Make sure to check out all of the incredible arrangements for:
- “Prelude and Fugue No.1 in C Major” by Johann Sebastian Bach
- “Maple Leaf Rag” by Scott Joplin
- “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” Traditional
- “O mio babbino caro” from Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini
- “Caro mio ben” by Tommaso Giordani
- “The Entertainer” by Scott Joplin
- “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” African-American Spiritual
And if you still haven’t found your perfect public domain piece, click here to browse all of our Musicnotes Editions!