Highlights (for newcomers)

Journeys for piano and string orchestra

The 1812 Overture on the piano

Jeremiah Robs a Bank (2013), film by Michael Rose


2017 saw the premiere of my second film score: Toymaker, an animated short created by a team of Brown University students led by Nellie Robinson and Prof. Barbara Meier.

Toymaker went on to win the music award in the student film category at the Athens Animfest 2018.

You can read about the production in the Brown Computer Science Department's journal Conduit.


I make most of my musical work available under some form of Creative Commons license, so that others may get maximum enjoyment out of it. Note that not everything has the same license attached to it. If you're confused about what you are and aren't allowed to do with specific scores or recordings, questions may be directed to

ben [at] bennacar [dot] com


Most of my scores are licensed under the Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. This basically means you can perform my compositions and arrangements, record them, and distribute the recordings, for profit or not, or even write new musical works based on my compositions, as long as (1) you give me full credit as the original composer/arranger, and (2) you distribute your own derivative works under the same terms.

The one exception so far is the score of the 1812 Overture transcription, which is licensed under the Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License for complicated reasons I won't go into here.

Video recordings

Most of my solo video recordings are licensed under the Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. That means you're free to copy the video material (or just the audio) and use it in your own projects, as long as you credit me as the recording artist (and composer and/or arranger, where applicable), and you don't make money off of it. One exception to this rule is my recording of Vladimir Horowitz's Carmen Fantasie recording. The copyright status of Horowitz's composition is not clear and to avoid conflicts I have left that video under the standard YouTube license.

In contrast to the solo recordings, all my ensemble recordings are licensed under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. I make these more restrictive in case my collaborators are particular about how their work is used.