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:
Our Composer Timelines article has infographics mapping the main composers for the Baroque, Classical and Romantic Periods. The images can be viewed on screen, but with sufficient detail to allow printing as wall posters. More...
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:
"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 we present 2 contrasting movements: the graceful Swan and the lumbering Elephant (midi, mp3 and all parts included). More...
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 makes an ideal instrumental piece so we have included sheet music to suit a variety of different instruments. Here is the Lullaby and other works by Brahms:
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 it is in a number of formats and arrangements:
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. Here is the Largo (from his 9th Symphony) in different arrangements with sheet music scores and parts, plus midi & mp3 downloads:
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:
He was a prolific composer of piano music, but Frederic Chopin only ever composed 3 Piano Sonatas. The 2nd of these Piano Sonatas is famous for its slow movement, a Funeral March which can often be heard played on its own and arranged for various groups such as Brass Band or Orchestra. Here is Chopin's original Funeral March for piano in these formats:
Edvard Grieg's Suites from "Peer Gynt" include some of the most recognisable works in classical music. Here are different versions of his "Morning Mood" with each version including sheet music (score/parts), midi and mp3 files:
In Manuscripts, Pens & Composers, Jeffrey Dane introduces some iconic moments in the annals of Classical Music. Illustrated with original manuscripts and other documents, his article illuminates the history and offers insight into the minds of the great composers. More...
In Facility and Mastery regular contributor Jeffrey Dane explores the talents of Felix Mendelssohn. If his position in the history of music is not as astral as that of other composers, he's still a central figure of his era and occupies an important place alongside his predecessors and peers. More...
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...
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 sheet music score & parts for the original music, and our new arrangement for solo piano with midi & mp3 files:
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 is the March from the Funeral Music in 2 arrangements:
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 the sheet music of the Quintet's Trout Variations with the score and all the parts, plus midi and mp3 files.
One of Handel's most popular works is the Water Music composed for a Royal event on the Thames. We have sheet music scores and parts below for three versions of the famous "Hornpipe" from the Water Music.