Vivaldi's "L'estro armonico" is a set of 12 concertos. We present the perfectly formed 2nd (slow) movement from the Concerto No.11 in Dm (RV 565), for solo violin and string orchestra, in its original form plus 3 arrangements all with videos, audio files, plus sheet music score and parts:
Featuring two orchestral works by John Adams, Naive and Sentimental Music & Absolute Jest, this is an excellent recording by the RSNO conducted by Peter Oundjian with the Doric String Quartet. The recording's clarity beings out every jesture of Adams' suberb music. More...
The Dolly Suite by French composer Gabriel Fauré is one of his best known works. It was originally composed for piano duet, but is frequently played in other arrangements. On mfiles we present the 1st movement of the Dolly Suite, named Berceuse (or Lullaby), in 3 different versions with sheet music scores and parts, plus videos, midi and mp3 files:
Franz Schubert composed more than 600 songs in total, though "Ständchen" (or Serenade) was published after his death as part of a collection called "Swan Song" by the publisher. As well as the original song (for voice and piano) we include a number of other arrangements (with all parts):
Joseph Haydn has 104 numbered symphonies to his name. The Symphony No.88 in G major falls between his "Paris" Symphonies and "London" ones, and one of his better known. Here is the first movement in different formats, full orchestral score and parts, mp3 file or midi file:
The Polaris Duo have been performing since 2011, playing the unusual combination of Saxophone and Harp. Now they have released their first album Illuminate to showcase their talents with a wide repertoire covering CPE Bach to contemporary composers such as Andy Scott. A unique sound and highly recommended. More...
Here are some shorter, less well-known works by Bach. From his Lute Suite in E minor BWV996, the Bourrée is very adaptable and can be played on Piano, Guitar or as a Duet. His Little Prelude in C minor BWV999 is not one of his 48 Preludes & Fugues but similar in concept, and well suited to either Piano or Guitar. Each of these versions has sheet music, midi & mp3 files available:
In total Beethoven composed 32 Piano Sonatas and 10 Violin Sonatas. However his most famous works are often converted into music for other instruments. Here are some famous piano sonatas, some arranged for different instruments, and also a sample from his first violin sonata. You can see the sheet music score and download the parts:
Mozart's 4th Horn Concerto is his most famous, particularly the 3rd movement "Rondo" which will remind listeners that today's orchestral french horn was developed from hunting horns. The main theme uses intervals similar to hunting horns while the tempo and rhythm are reminiscent of a gallop. These links provide the sheet music (with all parts) plus mp3 and midi files for this 3rd movement in two different versions:
Best known for his Royal Music, Handel composed a wealth of music used frequently in church services and on television and film. Here is new sheet music (and audio files) for Handel's Largo and his famous keyboard Sarabande:
Two composers with a Chopin connection. John Field composed a number of Nocturnes and inspired Chopin to write his own. Carl Filtsch was a young student of Chopin who sadly died at the age of 14. Here is music by both composers (sheet music, parts, midi & mp3):
In addition to symphonies and ballets, Tchaikovsky composed many pieces for solo piano. Mostly this was at the request of his publisher seeking sales. Here are 3 of his piano pieces, in their original form and also in woodwind arrangements - all with sheet music parts, videos, midi & mp3 files:
Brahms composed 2 versions of his "Variations on the St. Anthony Chorale" (previously thought to be by Haydn), for Two Pianos and for Orchestra. For the Theme only, we include these and 2 further versions - for Piano Solo and for Trio (with parts allowing various instruments to participate in the Trio):
Edvard Grieg composed his Holberg Suite to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Ludvig Holberg, a Norwegian writer, and chose the style of his Suite to reflect period music "From Holberg's Time". Although Grieg later arranged the Holberg Suite for string orchestra we present the 3rd movement "Gavotte" from the original version for piano solo. On mfiles the Gavotte is available to download as piano sheet music (with illustrating video), a midi file or an mp3 file:
Beethoven's 6th Symphony in F is called the Pastoral since it's all about the countryside. The 1st movement sets the scene musically by describing the peace and tranquility after arriving in the countryside. Here is the first movement in different formats, orchestral score and sheet music parts, mp3 file and midi file:
Franz Liszt is best known as a pianist and composer of piano music, but he was very influential as a composer and musician. Among his solo piano works is a set of 3 Liebestraum of which No.3 is the best known and available here in 2 versions (each including sheet music, midi, mp3 & video):
Frederic Chopin is credited with 21 Nocturnes for piano, and many of these are ripe for arranging to suit different instruments and combinations. Here is his famous Nocturne in E-flat Op.9 No.2, the original for piano and two different arrangements (with parts):
Here's some new sheet music for Guitar including 2 pieces by Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909), often considered to be the "Father of Classical Guitar". The other 2 pieces are by Luis Narváez and "Anonymous" and all the works include midi & mp3 files in addition to PDF Sheet Music:
Sergei Rachmaninoff was a Russian born composer and pianist who later settled in the US. Among his works for piano solo are a total of 24 preludes one in each major and minor key. Here is the G minor prelude Op.23 No.5 in a variety of formats:
The composer Edward Elgar is often seen as a typical Edwardian gentleman, but he struggled to find acceptance in society and was largely self-taught. He is now regarded as the first in a new wave of English composers.
In our latest article we look at some key milestones in the development of music notation, with many examples showing different systems of notation, how music evolved in the hands of the Church, how it is adapted for different instruments, and how everything has changed using computers. More...