Free Classical Music Downloads

A list of the very best places to download free classical music

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If you're looking for free classical music downloads, here's a list of five places that you won't want to miss. You'll find the best selection and go away with hundreds of free downloads of your favorite pieces. 

Combined, these websites have around 10,000 free classical music downloads, most in MP3 format. Whether you're looking for free classical music downloads of Mozart, Bach or a more recent composer, you'll find them.

Find even more free music downloads to listen to more classical and other genres of music. I also keep a list of the best places to listen to free music online without having to download the songs, as well as the top free music apps for music on the go. With all these options, you'll find out how easy it is to get free classical music. 

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Classic Cat Free Classical Music Downloads

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What We Like

  • Browse by composer or instrument.

  • Several sorting options.

  • User account unnecessary.

What We Don't Like

  • Lots of website ads.

  • Downloads are hosted on other sites.

Classic Cat is hands down the best place to find free classical music downloads because it's home to a whopping 6,000 free classical music downloads.

You can find just the free classical music download you're looking for at Classic Cat by searching by genre like duet and choir, principal musical instrument, by composer, and even see a list of the top 150 works.

Most, if not all of the music here are links to other websites that offer the download.

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Free Classical Music Downloads at Musopen

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What We Like

  • Several ways to browse.

  • Includes sheet music.

  • No website ads.

What We Don't Like

  • Must register a user account.

  • Standard quality audio only.

  • Limited to five downloads per day.

Musopen has thousands of free classical music downloads on virtually any composer you're looking for. They also have a ton of free sheet music available.

It's easy to find the free classical music download from any composer at Musopen by viewing their alphabetical list. You can also search for free classical music downloads by searching for time period, performer, or instrument. There's even an online radio on this website that pulls up random music for you to stream.

You can stream music directly from the site, but a free user account is required if you wish to download the classical music.

While it's true that you can stream and download classical music from Musopen for free, only 5 songs can be downloaded per day on a free account.

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Free Classical Music Downloads at Free Music Archive

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What We Like

  • Thousands of free downloads.

  • Unique sorting options.

  • Don't need a user account.

What We Don't Like

  • Few music categories.

Free Music Archive (FMA) is another place you can visit for tons of free classical music downloads, to the tune of over 5,000!

These free classical music downloads are spread about through around 300 pages, but you can instantly sort the list by artist name, track name, album name, and genre, as well as by date added and "most interesting."

The classical music can be heard by just clicking the play button next to the song or you can of course download any of them as an MP3 file with the small download button to the right of the piece.

Something I like about Free Music Archive is not only that you can download the classical music without a user account, but that you can also add any of the songs to a playlist and play them right away in your browser from the FMA website.

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Free Classical Music Downloads at Wikipedia: Sound/list

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What We Like

  • Multiple audio format options.

  • Can stream before downloading.

  • Lots of free audio files.

What We Don't Like

  • Can browse my name only.

  • No dedicated search tool.

  • Less-than-useful filtering options.

Wikipedia might not be the first place you think of when you want free classical music downloads, but they actually have a pretty big selection.

The music here is broken down into subsections by the composer's name. You can either scroll through the pages of downloads, sorting them by the composer name or year that it was added to the list, or you can search through all of the sub-pages at once.

The free classic music on Wikipedia can be streamed right from the page or you can download the music as an OGG file.

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What We Like

  • Instant downloads.

  • User account not required.

  • Hundreds of free downloads.

What We Don't Like

  • No useful search option.

  • Music isn't organized into genres.

  • Can't preview before downloading.

  • Several advertisements. has over 10 pages of free classical music downloads! You can't really search through this section alone, nor browse any subcategories, so you have to scroll through all the pages to find something to download.

However, it's super simple to download the free classic music at because once you find something you want, you just have to click the download button to the right and the MP3 file will immediately start downloading.