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Open Well-Tempered Clavier - Ba©h to Bach

A project in Cologne, Germany by Robert Douglass

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Help us liberate "The 48" by making a new digital score and studio recording for the public domain.
Backers: 904
Average Pledge Per Backer: $49

Funded: $44,083 of $30,000
Dates: Sep 19th -> Nov 8th (51 days)
Project By: Robert Douglass
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Latest News

Robert Douglass interviewed by a blind musician

November 8th - via:
Here is a podcast that was just published featuring Robert Douglass being interviewed by a blind musician, Aaron Linson, about this project. Share the link with anyone who wants to understand what our goals are, and why the project is important.... (Read More)

The last 12 hours - what does success look like?

November 8th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Share this "Shifting Incentives" interview from The Seattle Star

November 7th - via:
This interview is an excellent aid to explaining the Open Well-Tempered Clavier project. Share it with people you know who may not have fully wrapped their heads around what we're trying to do. We've got 24 hours left - let's work together to make... (Read More)

The greatest reward - an eternal dedication - special offer

November 7th - via:
Every single backer of the Open Well-Tempered Clavier project has played an important role in its success. Out of the many backer rewards, the most personal and individually meaningful contribution is the dedication of a Prelude or Fugue. Dedicating... (Read More)

The 12-Tones of Bach Tour has completed: Here are all the videos

November 7th - via:
Kimiko Ishizaka has completed her "12 Tones of Bach" tour, performing the Well-Tempered Clavier, as well as Bach's Goldberg Variations, Chopin's Polonaise-Fantasy and Opus 10 Etudes, in five different countries in a period of 6 weeks. Ten of the... (Read More)

Two great ways to help us meet the $50,000 stretch goal

November 6th - via:
Thank you to so many new backers! It's been an exciting 24 hours for the project, and I think we can all be enthusiastic about our chances of hitting the $50,000 stretch goal in the next 2 days. Here are two ways that people can help out. 1. Tell... (Read More)

An Open Letter to Kickstarter Backers and Potential Donors

November 5th - via:
This letter was sent to me from Eunah Choi, a blind teacher in South Korea. She asked me to publish it so that others could understand the importance of the Open Well-Tempered Clavier project to her and other blind musicians. ----- Hello, I am Eunah... (Read More)

New backer reward: Concert in Leiden, Netherlands

November 5th - via:
If you can be in Leiden, Netherlands, on November 23rd, 2013, there is a new backer reward that is of interest to you. For $50 you receive not only the Double CD of the Open Well-Tempered Clavier, but one ticket to attend Kimiko Ishizaka's... (Read More)

Bach changed everything - from Beethoven to the Beatles to Lady Gaga

November 5th - via:
Nobody has explained the value of the Open Well-Tempered Clavier project better than Dave from Here is his delightful video explaining why he's backing our effort to make Bach's music more accessible. Share this video with... (Read More)

Interview with Bob Lord, CEO of PARMA Recordings

November 4th - via:
The commercial release of an open source, public domain recording is a bit of a paradox. The idea runs counter to all of the principles of copyright exploitation that the modern recording and music industries are built upon. That's why it's... (Read More)

Kimiko at the Manifold Recording Studio

November 2nd - via:
Tune in tomorrow (Sunday November 3) for a live-streaming performance from the Manifold Recording Studio in Pittsboro, North Carolina. The Manifold event is exciting for several reasons. First, it is a beautiful piano (Bösendorfer 280) in a... (Read More)

Help us make Chicago a huge success

October 25th - via:
Later today Kimiko will be performing at the grand opening gala for the new Pianoforte Studios in Chicago. If you're in town, come by - it's an all day event with Kimiko's concert starting at 7:30.  Like all 12 performances in the "Twelve Tones of... (Read More)

Kimiko test drives the 50,000th Bösendorfer

October 24th - via:
Exciting news from Bösendorfer: they've celebrated 185 years in existence and have created their 50,000th instrument. When Kimiko Ishizaka visited the Wiener-Neustadt factory, Director Brian Kemble gave us a sneak peek at the instrument, before it... (Read More)

Day 20: A book about Doc Watson, blind musician

October 9th - via:
Hello to more than 600 backers of the Open Well-Tempered Clavier project! Good news for you. Author and speaker Kent Gustavson has extended a special offer to you in support of this project, in particular for the stretch goals of making 50,000 new... (Read More)

Daveconservatoire explains: What is a Fugue?

October 6th - via:
One of the fabulously exciting aspects of this project is the involvement of David Rees of, who is going to use the final recorded versions of the Well-Tempered Clavier to make a plethora of learning materials, making the music... (Read More)

Day 16: Kimiko has chosen her Bösendorfer

October 5th - via:
Guess what!?! We hit our initial goal of $30,000! Cheers and congratulations to everyone, as well as ongoing and profound gratitude. The $30,000 that we've been pledged so far allows us to do the minimal viable product: the recording and score, with... (Read More)

Reading music with Braille

October 2nd - via:
You may be wondering what it is like to read music using braille. Fortunately, there are a few good videos on the topic. Here is David Crohan giving a short demonstration of sight-reading using a braille score.  I spoke to David (he was very... (Read More)

Radically increase the number of musical scores available to blind people

September 29th - via:
We are creating the Open Well-Tempered Clavier to make the music of Bach more accessible. The point of waiving copyright and distributing digital scores and recordings is to reach as many people as possible, and remove all of the barriers. We want... (Read More)

Day 8: Three Hangout Videos and Three Blog Posts

September 28th - via:
This "Thank You" goes out to 500 backers of this project. We're definitely on the right track, with lots of exciting stuff yet to come. Kimiko Ishizaka and Robert Douglass have completed the first 3 of 12 concerts in the "12 Tones of Bach" tour, with... (Read More)

Day 4: Beethovenfest, Bonn

September 23rd - via:
Hi everybody, thank you for another great day! We're going to hit the 50% mark to the minimal viable funding level very soon now. Tomorrow, Kimiko Ishizaka will be performing 24 pieces from the Well-Tempered Clavier AND the Goldberg Variations at the... (Read More)

Day 3: A Press Release, an Endoresement

September 22nd - via:
Dear Backers, First, I'd like to welcome more than 70 new backers who brought us another 10% of the way to our goal in just one day. Thank you! The formal press release for this project went live today, with the hope that the press will take notice... (Read More)

Day 2: $10,000 and "the view in america"

September 20th - via:
Dear supporters, it was humbling and inspiring to see the sheer enthusiasm that people have for the music of J.S. Bach, and for the concept of open source music. Thank you! Today we blew past the milestone of $10,000, which represents 33% of our... (Read More)

Day 1: Wow - and thank you!

September 20th - via:
It's been 24 hours since we launched the Open Well-Tempered Clavier project, and wow, what an inspiration it has been to see so much support for our project! We raised over $5,000, or 17% of the minimum total we need to complete this project. Thank... (Read More)

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