Edvard Grieg's Suites from "Peer Gynt" include some of the most recognisable works in classical music. Here are MP3 files of three different arrangements of "Morning Mood", which comes from the first Peer Gynt Suite:
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 mp3 files or check the Ragtime page for more.
We take a look at Music Hall Entertainment, with mp3 files for some well-known music hall 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 mp3 files of 2 contrasting movements: the graceful Swan and the lumbering Elephant. More...
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 mp3 format from the Traditional MP3 page.
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 an mp3 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:
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...
Isaac Albeniz composed many piano works based on evocative Spanish folk music and dances. His Tango from the suite España (Op.165 No.2) is one of many such pieces. Here are mp3 files of two different versions of this piece:
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 mp3 files of the serene slow movement in two alternative arrangements:
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...
The Largo from Dvorak's New World Symphony has been relaxing people for years, frequently used on TV to accompany homely, rural and nostalgic scenes. Below are mp3 versions of 3 different arrangements of Dvorak's Largo (from his 9th Symphony):
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 mp3 files for some famous examples plus 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 mp3 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 mp3 format for free download.
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 mp3 files of the original orchestral work, or our new arrangement for solo piano:
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:
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 an mp3 file of the Quintet's Trout Variations.
We have to admit that we weren't familiar with this gem for piano by Brahms until it appeared on the audition playlist for the Youtube Symphony. Now that we've discovered it, we've completely fallen in love with the piece, and here is an MP3 file of the Brahms' Intermezzo in A (Op.118 No.2) for our visitors.
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:
Our Christmas Carols section now has "Go, Tell It On The Mountain" in 3 different arrangements. Here are MP3 files for this gospel Christmas Song arranged for guitar (by Glenn Jarrett), for piano solo and for Bassoon and Piano: