Mutopia wants to get you back to Bach and others, with their massive database of free sheet music available in easy to download pdfs. [Image no longer available]
In the vein of Project Gutenberg, another popular ibiblio mainstay, Mutopia volunteers have uploaded hundreds of sheet music files from the public domain on to their database. Anyone can contribute, and anyone can access this music.
Featured artists include masters such as Bach Mozart, and Chopin, as well as more obscure composers such as the 16th century’s T. Arbeau. The 1698-piece archive is searchable by composer, instrument, and musical category, to make it easy for you to find that piece you’ve always wanted to learn. Don’t remember how it sounds? Entries include a midi file like this Prelude in E minor by Frederick Chopin:
Break out your mandolin, your pipe organ, your piano or cello, and get playing!