Places to Find Free Classical Music Downloads

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With such a wealth of classic music available, you could wind up spending a small fortune purchasing the pieces you love to listen to. Luckily there are several websites where you can legally download your favorites for free.

Sources for Free Classical Music Downloads

Musopen

Musopen is a non-profit organization that offers free MP3 downloads of classical pieces that are in the public domain. The offerings for each composer are categorized by style, and the most popular selections are listed under favorites. Many pieces include the option to download free sheet music as well.

Users can rate the quality of each recording, which can save other users time making the best selections. To access the free download, create a free Lite account. This will give you the opportunity to download up to five free pieces each day. If you want to more than that, you have the option to upgrade to a paid account.

Featured composers include, but are not limited to:

  • Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Ludwig von Beethoven
  • Frederic Chopin
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Franz Schubert

1Classical

1Classical is another non-profit website that puts you in touch with public domain classical MP3 downloads all over the world. Many of these downloads are free, but some do have a small fee so be careful when you make your selections.

You can search for your favorites by composer or instrument and listen to each recording before you download it. The site lists the top five downloads as well as suggestions for other pieces you might enjoy.

The works of over 50 composers are offered, including:

  • Johannes Brahms
  • Claude Debussy
  • Franz Liszt
  • Johann Pachelbel
  • Sergei Rachmaninov
  • Antonio Vivaldi

HD Classical Music

HD Classical Music offers around 600 free MP3 downloads that are available via public domain, creative commons, and other open copyright licenses. You can browse their library of files by six different criteria, including composer, performer and popularity, among others. Simply choose the pieces you want and follow the downloading instructions that accompany them.

Among this site's offerings you'll find composers like:

  • Antonin Dvorak
  • Edvard Grieg
  • George Handel
  • Felix Mendelssohn
  • Robert Schumann
  • Johann Strauss II

Last.fm

Last.fm offers over 50 pages of classical MP3 downloads. Most of the pieces offered here are from the contemporary classical genre, but you will find a few well-known composers as you look through the pages. Locating specific pieces can be tricky since the free ones are lumped together with paid downloads when you do a general search. Be prepared to scroll through the seemingly unsorted list of free classical music to find specific tracks.

If you find a song you want, you have the option to click a button to download the song via a dialogue page that opens up. You can also choose to listen to the song first via Spotify to make sure it's what you want. If you don't already have a Spotify account, you can join via the pop-up screen which prompts you to sign up using Facebook or by email.

The list of artists/composers is long and includes:

  • Claude Debussy
  • Marihiko Hara
  • Camille Saint-Saens
  • Franz Schubert
  • Darin Sysoev
  • Averil White

Amazon

Amazon also offers a selection of free classical music in MP3 format. You'll need to sign in to your account or create one before you can begin downloading. Once you've selected the classical genre, you can further refine your search by artist, classical period, chamber music group size or classical form.

Amazon's list includes music from great composers such as:

  • Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Johannes Brahms
  • Francois Couperin
  • Felix Mendelssohn
  • Giacomo Puccini
  • Dimitri Shostakovich

Make Sure Downloads Are Free and Legal

In the ever-changing world of music downloads, sites that offer free music sometimes change to pay-per-download formats. Take time to read the details at any site you plan to download from to make sure they offer legal downloads that are truly free. That way you can enjoy the classical music you love with no worries.

Places to Find Free Classical Music Downloads