Mozart's Horn Concerto No.4

Mozart portrait 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:

Composer Timelines

Classical Period - Composer Timelines 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...

More music by George Frideric Handel

George Frideric Handel - portrait 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:

Camille Saint-Saens - The Swan

A Swan - gracefully swimming on rippling water "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 Piano Sonatas

Mozart portrait 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:

Brahms Lullaby or Wiegenlied

Johannes Brahms photo 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's Tango & Arrangements

Isaac Albeniz photo (head) 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:

Dvorak: Largo (New World Symphony)

Antonin Dvorak 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:

Toccata and Fugue in Dm (Organ)

Johann Sebastian Bach playing the Organ The Toccata and Fugue in D minor is Bach's most famous Organ work. We are improving our Sheet Music using the latest version of Sibelius, and using better software to record our mp3 files at a higher quality. The Toccata and Fugue are now available in the following versions:

Handel's Water Music

George Frideric Handel - portrait 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.

New Sheet Music for Guitar

Francisco Tarrega 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 - G minor Prelude

Sergei Rachmaninoff 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 Funeral March by Frederic Chopin

Frederic Chopin - photo 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:

Felix Mendelssohn: Facility and Mastery

Felix Mendelssohn - portrait 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...

If Brahms Had Lived... Another 15 Years

Johannes Brahms - classical composer If Brahms Had Lived... is a Conjectural Obituary where author Jeffrey Dane considers what might have happened if Brahms had lived another 15 years. This fun but insightful article posits that Brahms might have visited Scandinavia and America, and composed a very different 5th Symphony! More...

Grieg: Morning Mood from Peer Gynt

Edvard Grieg - Portrait 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:

Beethoven - Piano Sonatas

Beethoven Portrait 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 is sheet music, midi and mp3 files for some famous examples and arrangements:

Manuscripts, Pens and Composers

Manuscript of the 1817 lied, An Die Musik (To Music), by Franz Schubert 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...

Edward Elgar - English Composer

Edward Elgar - English composer 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.

A History of Music Notation

Sumer is Icumen In - part of original score 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...

Mozart's Elvira Madigan

elvira madigan DVD cover 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:

Purcell: Funeral Music for Queen Mary

Portrait of Henry Purcell 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:

Franz Schubert's Trout Quintet

Franz Schubert 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.

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