Classical music is beautiful. There is a reason that many of them have stood the test of time and many of them are even free to use because they are so old! But where do you find them? Well, simply look below to find out.
If you are planning on using any of these tracks when creating your own original content, please read the licenses for each and every track you plan to use. Many of the sites listed below have public domain audio tracks, but they may also include some songs that require attribution and/or songs that can’t be used for commercial purposes, and they may have also been mixed in with paid royalty-free tracks. We’re not affiliated with any of the below, and we are not copyright lawyers. Make sure that you understand the relevant licenses before using any free music you find online.
With that said, here are 10 of the best websites for free classical music.
Musopen was founded in 2012 in San Francisco, California. They provide free music recordings, sheet music, and educational materials. On their site, you can browse and listen to their free library of music recordings.
You can also browse and print sheet music for free. There are also music education resources for teachers and students on the website.
On their free membership plan, you get 5 music downloads per day. On their paid membership plan, for $55 a year, you get unlimited downloads of music before others, you can listen to audio from student practice sessions and many more perks.
2. Classic Cat
Classiccat.net is a website that provides you links to sites that allow you to download an mp3 of a composer’s song. There are over 7000 performances of classical works that can be downloaded for free through links on the site.
You do not download the works on the site itself but it does make it easier to find where to download a specific work you may be looking for. The website was started as a project by one guy, Wim Roffel from the Netherlands. Classic Cat was started with the goal of making classical music more popular by making it easier to find.
Chosic is a site that allows you to download music for free. Most are royalty-free but be careful because not all are. The website also has an algorithm where you put in a song or artist and it will tell you similar songs and artists.
So if you find a composer you really like or just a piece you like, it’ll help you find more like it to enjoy. The website is not run by a big company and they require donations to keep running. So, if you use it, consider donating.
Archive.org works to build a digital library of the content found across the internet. Like a real library, it provides access to anyone and everyone in the general public for free. Its mission is simply to provide access to knowledge.
With all that, they have over 14 million audio recordings, which includes 220,000 live concerts. If you are looking for a classical work, chances are it can be found in their expansive audio library.
In fact, Classic Cat will probably link you there. They are run by executive staff and volunteers to help maintain and expand the archive.
5. Free Music Archive
Free Music Archive (FMA) was founded in 2009 by a radio station, WFMU. The site offers access to open licensed, original music for free. With the help of curators, netlabels, and thousands of independent musicians around the world provides many mp3 to be downloaded for free.
You don’t even need to create an account to download on this site. Just search for what you want, download it, and go on with your day.
6. Wikipedia: List of Sound Files
If the song you are looking for is in the public domain and has a Wikipedia page, there is a good chance that an audio file of it is waiting for you here. Wikipedia is famously the online encyclopedia where information is sourced by the users themselves.
Along with providing information, Wikipedia is dedicated to providing people the royalty-free music they are looking for with full-length free content musical works with a special emphasis on works that are (or should be) linked in Wikipedia articles.
Storyblocks is a site with a large library of over 70,000 downloadable songs. They also have sounds and videos to be downloaded too and their library is always expanding.
However, unlike most of the others on this list, it does require a paid membership. At $10 a month, you get 3 downloads of music a month. At $15 a month, you get unlimited downloads of music and sound effects. At $30 a month, you will get unlimited downloads of music, sound effects, and many other perks. On the bright side, you can cancel your paid account at any time.
8. Epidemic Sound
Epidemic Sound has over 30,000 tracks of royalty-free music to be downloaded. It also has membership payment options at $15 and $25 dollars a month, and both options have a first-month free trial available.
The site boasts guaranteeing never having to worry about royalty fees in any content you are making. They also claim to be used by many big companies like Twitter and Microsoft.
9. Orange Free Sounds
Orange Free Sounds offers users a large library of a lot of free sound effects, music loops, and background music for both commercial & non – commercial use.
They have no hidden costs or fees and there is no need to sign-up. Downloading off the site is completely free.
Additionally, the database is updated with new material on a regular basis. Specifically, it has ten pages of classical music to be downloaded at your pleasure.
Starting in 1996, AudioSparx is a leading music library and stock audio website that is a favorite among industry professionals. It claims that it brings together the world of music and sound effects with audio files from thousands of independent music artists and bands, ready for download in one place.
To use the site you need to register an account, but it is free to do. In terms of classical music, it has 25,000 tracks just waiting to be downloaded.
There you have it, 10 of the best websites for free classical music to help you find classical music to download for free. Check them all out and see what are the best websites for free classical music for your needs. If you want to download works for free or if you are willing to pay a membership fee to get a wider selection, you have your options.