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. Here are mp3 files for this 3rd movement in two different versions:
Here are two very different funeral marches. Frederic Chopin's Funeral March is perhaps the most famous and comes from his 2nd Piano Concerto. The much earlier Funeral March presented here is from the music composed for the funeral of Queen Mary II by Henry Purcell, the original work being for 3 trumpets and 1 trombone.
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:
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:
Here is a small selection of our Midi Christmas Songs. For the full list of carols for piano, guitar and other instruments see Christmas Music and Carols:
With Halloween just around the corner it's time to visit the dark side of music. Our article Horror in Music gives an overview of the wide range of music used by composers to invoke the macabre. And here are examples of dark music to play and download: More...
Here's some new MP3 files of Guitar Music 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 plus 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 an mp3 files for the G minor prelude Op.23 No.5:
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:
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):
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:
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 Mp3 music for Remembrance Day includes: