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Classical royalty-free music

Elevate your storytelling. Rich in piano and string instrumentation, this royalty-free instrumental music is well-suited for elegant and cinematic productions.

Classical Royalty-Free Music

Classical music is one of the oldest and most revered genres of music. There are few sounds with more impact than a well practiced symphony orchestra playing these timeless compositions. This type of music is also especially useful for cinema scoring and knowing how to access royalty free classical music can be a precious tool in any creator’s arsenal. With Mubert’s random classical music generator technology, there is a near endless abundance of classical compositions for users to enjoy and use as they please. Let’s dive a bit deeper into the classical genre and discover the true value and benefits that royalty-free classical music offers creators.

Classical Music in General

Most people don’t know that classical music is defined by a specific period of time and not by its style or sonic properties. Classical music is any symphonic composition created between the years 1750 to 1820. This period was responsible for the music of composers like Haydn and Mozart and most of Beethoven’s catalog. However classical music doesn't include the work of Copland,Wagner or even Debussy. Despite this classification you'll often hear all of these artists playing on popular classical music platforms such as Classical MPR.

While the name "classical music" originated in the early 19th century, it grew to be so immensely popular that it adopted a lot of the other music standards throughout this period. The latter half of the century saw the development of Baroque and Romantic era genres, which ultimately fell under the classical music umbrella. Famed composers like Bach, Berlioz and Brahms have their work placed in this catalog and even 20th century writers like Stravinsky and Stockhausen found a place in the classical music archives. It’s easy to understand how all these vastly different sounding compositions managed to come together to form the classical music genre as we know it today.

Modern creatives find themselves a bit at odds, trying to balance their creative ambitions with their financial constraints. Often creatives find they have a constant need for classical stock music to use on a project like a vlog, short film, radio show or podcast. Unfortunately many become discouraged by the prospect of paying for music, especially with budget limitations. Under these circumstances, the idea of royalty-free classical music seems like a fairly simple and accessible solution. Copyright generally protects intellectual property for less than a century, so surely all the masterpieces by Beethoven, Mozart and Handel should be free for public use? Is classical music that easy to access and utilize? The answer is not a simple one.

classical royalty-free music

Classical Music And The Public Domain

Because a lot of the most popular classical music is hundreds of years old, most of it has entered the public domain. As a result people assume that the copyright for this music has expired (or never existed) and that the music can be used without permission or negotiation. While this is a novel concept, it’s not quite that easy

Every piece of music has different rights for the composition and the recording. And while the composition (the written musical notation) for most classical songs is available for public use, the recordings of these songs belong to the people that performed and recorded them.

Most classical music recordings are quite well protected and using someone’s work without permission could lead to painful courtroom visits and unwanted expenses. Standard US copyright laws cover recordings for 28 years, unless the copyright is renewed, which grants an additional 67 years of protection.

For instance, you can’t use Nashville Symphony Orchestra’s recording of Beethoven’s 9th for free, because they own the mechanical copyright to the final recording. You may find a recording of Bach’s compositions that was released in 1967 and is possibly free of all copyright restrictions and yet you still might be facing potential problems. Instead, you would have to hire a team of musicians to re-record the composition from scratch.

For dense and complex genres like classical music, this can often cost way too much money for the everyday creative. And very few people possess the skill, time and energy to recreate these works themselves.

How to License Royalty Free Classical Music

A Music Licensing Primer
In its most traditional form, music licensing has a very complex set of rules and structures. To understand where and how to license classical music, you need to know how the entire system works. Let’s try and simplify the process for you.

As discussed earlier, every song you hear on the radio, in a movie or any other format is copyrighted. That means that someone owns that song and they have full right to decide how it’s used. Also, the owners of the song are due royalties for any profits made from the song’s use. It’s illegal to use copyrighted songs without permission.

For every recording there are two types of copyright: the master copyright and the composition copyright. The master copyright protects the actual final recorded file, while composition copyright refers to the creative ideas that make up the song. These ideas could include lyrics and certain samples, sounds and notations that the songwriters create. Both copyrights can be owned by one or several people.

Record labels and performers generally own the master copyright and songwriters (the pen and paper behind the song) control the composition. If you want to license a song for use in your film or video, you need permission from all copyright holders. If they don’t all agree, then your deal is off and the song you want is unusable. Imagine the amount of effort it takes to acquire permission from an orchestra of performers? Some form of rights-free music just seems so much more reasonable and efficient.

So how do creatives overcome these complicated, expensive obstacles and still create world-class productions with quality royalty free classical music? Thanks to Mubert, there is a simple, highly affordable alternative. You’ll be able to acquire the same class and quality that classical composers create, but without the pain of endless paperwork and unforeseen costs.

Finding Quality Classical Music Tracks For Your Project

Mubert offers users an incredibly extensive collection of AI generated classical music - all of it royalty and copyright free. Our incredible technology compiles information from the works of the greatest classical composers and uses this to generate original material for you to use as you wish. In addition to the classical genre, we also stock many other classical subgenres like neo-classical music, as well as styles like Rock, Rap, Country, Jazz and Hip-Hop.

All the music in our library is produced and recorded using the latest artificial intelligence technology. Every track in our selection sounds crisp, clear and distortion-free and can custom-fit a variety of emotional effects or other responses for your desired audience. Our classical music can be downloaded in MP3 and WAV formats both of which offer stunning audio quality.

Whether you’re editing a science-fiction thriller, corporate training video or your next big ad - the chances are excellent that we can meet your stock music needs. You can browse through our music categories and listen to as many samples as you wish. There is a near endless selection of AI generated music inspired by music from every corner of the globe. When you find the song you need, you’ll pay a reasonable one-time fee to cover the song purchase, as well as all the licensing for these Mubert - generated songs. We also offer straightforward, simple licensing plans for these tracks to suit almost any project tier. Let Mubert’s classical music generator be your one-stop source for quality royalty-free classical music loops and assets.