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Neil Orman
Public domain classical music
on Dec 23, 2013 at 12:29:08 pm

Does anyone know of a good source for license-free, public domain classical music for use in videos? I would really appreciate any suggestions on sources there. I'm trying to track down a license-free version of Bach's Concerto for 2 Violins. Sorry this isn't Final Cut Pro-specific, please let me know if there's a better forum for this. I didn't see one for more general video editing questions.
Thanks a lot,

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Andrew Rendell
Re: Public domain classical music
on Dec 25, 2013 at 9:23:39 pm

There's not much that I know of. Although the composing will be out of copyright, good performances are an expensive thing to arrange and record and the price for it is understandably quite high. has some classical music on regular production music terms (a one time fee depending on the purpose), but not a great deal and I don't see that piece there. They used to handle the Borradaile collection (I don't know if that's still the case, there is mention of it on parts of their web site but the search isn't currently working), it might be worth a phone call to their office in your region.

I also recall there being a classical series on Bruton, which I believe is handled by Universal Music (unippm) these days. That might be worth a search.

If it really, really has to be that piece and you can't find it for use anywhere, it might be possible to get someone to arrange it for you from the sheet music for a flat fee using a mix of real and synthesized/sampled instruments, but my guess is that it would be quite a lot of work and therefore expect a substantial fee.

You could also ask in the Audio Professionals forum.

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Arnie Schlissel
Re: Public domain classical music
on Dec 26, 2013 at 5:46:28 pm


A quick search shows one in E major and one in D minor.

Post production is not an afterthought!

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