A Big Bach Download: All of Bach’s Organ Works for Free

in Music | November 24th, 2010


A quick fyi for Bach lovers: You can download for free the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach. They were recorded by Dr. James Kibbie (University of Michigan) on original baroque organs in Leipzig, Germany. Start with a collection of Favorite Masterworks, or get the complete works that have been divided into 13 groups for easy download. Once you download these zip files, you will need to unzip them and import them into iTunes or a similar application. Thanks for @Pdarche (Peter Darche) for flagging this for us.

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  1. curious says . . .
    November 24, 2010 / 8:36 pm

    I couldn’t find a mention – which license did Dr. James Kibbie use for the recording? Did he put them in the public domain?

  2. Techguy2600 says . . .
    March 25, 2011 / 4:13 am

    Being Bach was born in 1685 and copyright is good for 75 years. See http://www.pdinfo.com/copyrt.php. There is no license required. So shut up you twit.

  3. Mist42nz says . . .
    June 5, 2011 / 9:06 pm

    But derived works and compilations are the property of the person doing the work, even if the tunes are out of (c)

  4. Ditch0701 says . . .
    June 6, 2011 / 7:03 am

    Correct in the abstract, but wrong here. Compilations, edited versions–which are almost always what is published, and performance can have copyrights in force owned by the compiler, editor, or performer, respectively.

  5. gnoitall says . . .
    June 10, 2011 / 7:27 am

    @Techguy2600: read up on the difference between “publication copyright” (which Bach’s original publication would fall under, and therefore has fallen into PD), and “performance copyright”, which is the copyright of the recording (in this case, of Dr. Kibbie)… in which case, the copyright stopwatch started ticking only after the recording engineer pressed “STOP” on the recorder.

  6. eddiea says . . .
    June 10, 2011 / 8:44 am

    IF Dr. Kibbie owns his recordings. Are you sure these aren’t under a lable, who would then own the rights.

  7. stormkite says . . .
    February 10, 2013 / 10:46 am

    If you check the link to the artist you find his bio page from his record company… whereat the downloading issue is addressed.

    TL;DR version: This appears to be okay.

  8. Some guy says . . .
    February 10, 2013 / 10:50 am

    Follow the link and you will find the recordings on a page that at least LOOKS legitimate. Copyright indicated to the “Regents of the University of Michigan.”


  9. Some guy says . . .
    February 10, 2013 / 10:54 am

    “Thanks to generous support from Dr. Barbara Furin Sloat in honor of J. Barry Sloat, the University of Michigan is offering Dr. Kibbie’s recordings of all 270 Bach works as free internet downloads…”

  10. stewartinoz says . . .
    March 13, 2014 / 11:20 pm

    Interesting to note that there were something like 53 Bachs with musical talent, though none surpassed Johan Sebastian. Sadly the gene (genius) died out.
    Being able to download all of what is listed is magnificent. Thanks to these king people.

  11. Alejandro Barrero says . . .
    June 17, 2014 / 8:18 am

    How do I download?

  12. David Davies says . . .
    June 23, 2014 / 1:56 pm

    Appreciate and grateful for the opportunity to hear Bach’s Organ works before I buy box sets

  13. MEME OKECHUKWU says . . .
    July 17, 2014 / 3:15 am

    thanks for a good job

  14. Lola Sahal says . . .
    October 24, 2014 / 2:03 pm

    I want to study all.

  15. Lola Sahal says . . .
    October 24, 2014 / 2:04 pm

    I love it all

  16. Barisi Namene says . . .
    October 3, 2015 / 8:08 am

    I want to be like him.

  17. Unfair says . . .
    December 17, 2016 / 7:42 am

    it says right under the download-URIs:
    This work by James Kibbie, The Complete Organ Works of J.S. Bach is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License

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