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In total Beethoven composed 32 Piano Sonatas, and there is a wealth of good music among them. Some are difficult to play but others are more approachable by the piano student. Here are midi files for some famous examples and some arrangements:
Best known for his Royal Music, Handel composed a wealth of music used frequently in church services and on television and film. Here are new midi files for Handel's Largo and his famous keyboard Sarabande:
It is surprising how much Russian music is familiar in the West. Here is a selection of Russian Folk Songs which you've probably heard before. Each is available as a piano arrangement in midi format for free download.
Nursery Rhymes are folk songs aimed at children. Many have a long history and have been shared and adapted across different cultures. The range is wide, from Lullabies & Nonsense Songs to Counting Songs & Dances. Our article had music for 50+ nursery rhymes and children's songs, or download in midi format from the Traditional Midi page.
Schubert's Trout Quintet is a Piano Quintet in 5 movements. The 4th movement is a set of variations on the melody from "The Trout", one of his songs where the piano plays a delightful rippling accompaniment like water in a stream. Here is a midi file of the Quintet's Trout Variations.
We've made further additions to our collection of traditional Christian Hymns with some of these tying in with our review of the music for the recent remake of True Grit, which adapts old hymns in its soundtrack:
In our article on Bugle Calls we look at their influence on Classical, Film and Popular music. Here are just a few examples in midi format, and the article has many more:
Mozart's Clarinet Concerto is one of the most famous wind concertos, and it has been used in numerous films most notably in "Out of Africa". Here are midi files of the serene slow movement in two alternative arrangements for you to enjoy:
In our review of National Anthems and Patriotic Songs we find that some are based on hymn songs while others are more closely related to folk songs. Our article includes a number of examples in Midi format from Europe, the US, the UK, France, Germany, Australia and More...
Our Midi music for Remembrance Day includes:
Here are two more piano rags by Scott Joplin the King of Ragtime, including "Peacherine Rag" and "The Cascades which Joplin composed for the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. Here are the new midi files or check the Ragtime page for more.
We look at the phenomenon of Music Hall and its singers, with midi files for some popular songs:
"The Carnival of the Animals" is one of the most famous pieces by the composer Camille Saint-Saens. It is a fun suite mostly depicting various members of the animal kingdom, and here are midi files of 2 contrasting movements: the graceful Swan and the lumbering Elephant. More...
Of all the wonderful music in Mozart's Piano Concertos, the slow movement from Concerto No.21 in C is so well-known, from its use in films (Elvira Madigan) and on TV. Download midi files of the original orchestral work, or our new arrangement for solo piano:
A Nocturne is music inspired by night-time, often relaxed and poetic. Frederic Chopin published 18 during his lifetime, and we present his Nocturne No.20 in C# minor which was published after his death. Here is a midi file of this extraordinary work:
Mozart's genius is apparent in his symphonies, concertos, masses and operas, but it also shows in his chamber music. He learned to play keyboards from an early age, and his piano sonatas seem to spring from an endless supply of musical inspiration:
The Lullaby by Johannes Brahms is one of his best known songs. It also works very well as an instrumental piece. Here is the Lullaby and other works by Brahms:
One of George Frideric Handel's most popular works is the Water Music he composed for a Royal event on the Thames. Here are midi files for three different versions of the famous "Hornpipe" from Handel's Water Music:
Henry Purcell wrote music for royal occasions, including the funeral of Queen Mary II. In a cruel irony Purcell himself died the next year and his music was also used on that occasion. Here are midi files of the March from the Funeral Music in 2 versions:
The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi is a set of 4 violin concertos depicting each of the seasons. On mfiles we now have the 3rd season "Autumn" in the following versions: the original (violin and orchestra), arrangement for Violin and Piano and arrangement for Piano Solo. more...
Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker ballet is a favourite at Christmas Time. In particular the "Sugar Plum Fairy" is often heard on TV, its tinkling sound suggesting toys, magic, children and fantasy. Here is a midi file of the orchestral Sugar Plum Fairy and here is a Piano arrangement of the piece.