Classical Sheet Music :
This page contains our popular Classical Sheet Music in alphabetical order by Composer. Most of our Sheet Music is available in two formats - to view online with the Scorch Plug-In, and to download in PDF format for printing.
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Albeniz, Isaac (1860-1909) :
Isaac Albeniz wrote extensively for the piano, and his best-known works use Spanish folk dances as their inspiration. The piece Leyenda below, which appears in two different suites evoking the sounds of Spain, has been arranged and played by Segovia on Guitar but presented here in its original piano form, whereas the Tango comes from the composer's Suite "España".
Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750) :
Johann Sebastian Bach is the most famous member of a very musical German family. His wrote for many instruments and combinations, and his keyboard works include many for Organ and Clavier. Here you'll find his best-known organ work, and a number of keyboard works from his sets of Inventions and the 48 Preludes and Fugues which come in 2 books of 24 each.
- Toccata and Fugue in Dm for Organ Play or Print
- Prelude No. 1 from Book 1 of the 48 Play or Print
- Prelude No. 2 from Book 1 of the 48 Play or Print
- Fugue No. 2 from Book 1 of the 48 Play or Print
- Prelude No. 3 from Book 1 of the 48 Play or Print
- Prelude No. 6 from Book 1 of the 48 Play or Print
- Fugue No. 10 from Book 1 of the 48 Play or Print
- Prelude No. 14 from Book 1 of the 48 Play or Print
- Fugue No. 14 from Book 1 of the 48 Play or Print
- Prelude No. 24 from Book 1 of the 48 Play or Print
- Fugue No. 24 from Book 1 of the 48 Play or Print
- Fugue No. 24 from Book 1 as above, but arranged for String Quartet Play, Print score and Print Parts for Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola and Cello
- Prelude No. 2 from Book 2 of the 48 Play or Print
- Fugue No. 2 from Book 2 of the 48 Play or Print
- Prelude No. 7 from Book 2 of the 48 Play or Print
- Fugue No. 7 from Book 2 of the 48 Play or Print
- Prelude No. 12 from Book 2 of the 48 Play or Print
- Two-part Invention No. 4 Play or Print
- Two-part Invention No. 13 Play or Print
- Bourrée from Lute Suite in E minor BWV996 - piano Play or Print
- Bourrée from Lute Suite in E minor BWV996 - guitar Play or Print
- Bourrée from Lute Suite in E minor BWV996 - oboe & bassoon (or other instrument combinations) Play or Print
- Little Prelude in C minor BWV999 - piano Play or Print
- Little Prelude in C minor BWV999 - guitar Play or Print
Bach family and contemporary composers:
J. S. Bach's second wife, Anna Magdalena kept a notebook of mostly keyboard works called the "Second Notebook". (The First Notebook was a gift from Bach to his wife.) The works in the second notebook were also thought to have been composed by Johann Sebastian. However we now know that most were not composed by J. S. Bach or A. M. Bach but by their sons, pupils or friends. These four pieces are from Anna Magdalena's second notebook:
Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827) :
Ludwig van Beethoven represents a turning point in musical history as a composer who made his music express deep feelings in a way which was much more direct and vivid than the classical way. Fur Elise is a small piano piece which is not really typical of his work yet is well-known as an relatively easy piece for budding pianists to play. The Moonlight Sonata is particularly well-known for its first movement. We also present movements from two of his Symphonies as excellent contrasting examples of his orchestral symphonic output.
- Minuet in G (original for Piano) Play or Print
- Minuet in G (arranged for Flute and Piano) Play or Print parts for Flute and Piano
- Moonlight Sonata (original for piano), 1st movement Play or Print
- Moonlight Sonata (arranged for guitar by Tárrega), 1st movement Play or Print
- Moonlight Sonata (arranged for clarinet and piano), 1st movement Play or Print parts for Clarinet and Piano/score
- Pathétique Piano Sonata, 2nd movement (original piano solo) Play or Print
- Pathétique Sonata, 2nd movement (arranged for viola and piano) Play or print Score/Piano part and Viola part
- Pathétique Sonata, 2nd movement (arranged for clarinet and piano) Play or print Score/Piano part and Clarinet part
- Fur Elise, for piano Play or Print
- Fur Elise for Flute and Piano, printable parts for Flute and Piano
- Fur Elise for Oboe and Piano, printable parts for Oboe and Piano
- Fur Elise for Clarinet and Piano, printable parts for Clarinet and Piano
- Fur Elise for Soprano Sax and Piano, printable parts for Soprano Sax and Piano
- Fur Elise for Tenor Sax and Piano, printable parts for Tenor Sax and Piano
- Fur Elise for Trumpet and Piano, printable parts for Trumpet and Piano
- Fur Elise for Violin and Piano, printable parts for Violin and Piano
- Fur Elise for Viola and Piano, printable parts for Viola and Piano
- 1st Violin Sonata, 1st movement Play, print the Full Score, or the parts for Violin and Piano
- Symphony No. 5 in Cm, 1st movement Play or Print Score
- Parts for the above: Flutes, Oboes, Clarinets, Bassoons, Horns, Trumpets, Timpani, Violins1, Violins2, Violas, Cellos, Basses (note that Trombones, Piccolo and Contra-Bassoon only feature in the last movement)
- Symphony No. 7 in A, 2nd movement Play or Print Conductor's Score
- Parts for the above: Flutes, Oboes, Clarinets (in A), Bassoons, Horns (in E), Trumpets (in D), Timpani (tuned in A and E), 1st Violins, 2nd Violins, Violas, Cellos, and Basses
- Symphony No. 9 in Dm, 4th movement "Ode to Joy" theme arranged for Solo Piano Play or Print
- Symphony No. 9 in Dm, 4th movement "Ode to Joy" theme arranged for solo instrument with piano accompaniment - Play the version for Bassoon and Piano or download the sheet music as follows: Piano Accompaniment and the following solo instruments: Bassoon, Cello, Clarinet in A, Clarinet in B-flat, Cor Anglais, Double Bass, Flute, French Horn in F, Oboe, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Viola and Violin
Bizet, Georges (1838-1875) :
Best known for his operas, and Carmen in particular, Georges Bizet also composed songs, orchestral and keyboard works. Jeux d'Enfants (Children's Games) is a suite of 12 pieces for piano duet, and we provide two of these here:
Boccherini, Luigi (1743-1805) :
Luigi Boccherini was an Italian-born composer who toured Europe before settling in Spain. He was a contemporary of Haydn and wrote lots of works for String Quartet and String Quintet. His most famous piece is the Minuet from one of his String Quintets which we have arranged here for a variety of instruments.
- Minuet for original String Quintet, Print Score or Print parts for 1st Violin, 2nd Violin, Viola, 1st Cello and 2nd Cello
- Minuet arranged for Flute and Piano, with Printable parts for Flute and Piano
- Minuet arranged for Oboe and Piano, with Printable parts for Oboe and Piano
- Minuet arranged for Clarinet in A and Piano, with Printable parts for Clarinet in A and Piano
- Minuet arranged for Soprano Sax and Piano, with Printable parts for Soprano Sax and Piano
- Minuet arranged for Alto Sax and Piano, with Printable parts for Alto Sax and Piano
- Minuet arranged for Tenor Sax and Piano, with Printable parts for Tenor Sax and Piano
- Minuet arranged for Violin and Piano, with Printable parts for Violin and Piano
- Minuet arranged for Viola and Piano, with Printable parts for Viola and Piano
- Minuet arranged for Cello and Piano, with Printable parts for Cello and Piano
Brahms, Johannes (1833-1897) :
Johannes Brahms extended the classical traditions creating powerful symphonies and concertos. He also composed many shorter works including songs, chamber music for strings and numerous works for his favourite instrument, the piano. Here is his famous Lullaby, a waltz and intermezzo for piano and the opening movement of his first Cello Sonata:
Byrd, William (1542-1623 ?) :
William Byrd was an English composer and a lot of his output was church music. He is believed to have studied under Thomas Tallis and he certainly worked closely with him. Here are some dance pieces which Byrd composed or arranged:
- Pavan, The Earle of Salisbury Play or Print
- Sellenger's Round (Virginal version for keyboard) Play or Print
- Sellenger's Round (Folk arrangement for recorder & keyboard) Play or print parts for Recorder and Keyboard/Score
Charpentier, Marc-Antoine (1643-1704) :
Marc-Antoine Charpentier was a French composer who composed a wide variety of pieces including several operas and much sacred music. The Prelude of his Te Deum is his best-known work, used as a voluntary in church services and familiar as the theme of the Eurovision Song Contest:
- Prelude of the "Te Deum" (arranged for piano) Play or Print
Chopin, Frederic (1810-1849) :
Frederic Chopin was born in Poland and moved to Paris in the middle of his short life. Although he wrote for other instruments and orchestral works, he is most famous for his piano writing. The preludes below are from his set of 24 in each key (following the example set by Bach in his Preludes and Fugues).
Debussy, Claude (1862-1918) :
Claude Debussy is associated with the impressionist movement in music which mirrored that in art and also seemed to centre itself in France. As well as orchestral works and works for various instruments, Debussy wrote extensively for the piano including the following works.
- Arabesque No. 1 from Deux Arabesque Play or Print
- Golliwog's Cakewalk from Children's Corner Play or Print
- Clair de Lune from Suite Bergamasque Play or Print
Dvorak, Antonin (1841-1904) :
Antonin Dvorak was famous for his use of National music styles into Classical Music, such as his "Slavonic Dances". This example is his much loved slow movement from his "New World Symphony".
- Symphony No.9 in Em (2nd movement) Largo Play or Print Score and Parts for Flutes, Oboes (& Cor Anglais), Clarinets, Bassoons, Horns 1&2, Horns 3&4, Trumpets, Trombones, Bass Trombone & Tuba, Timpani, 1st Violins, 2nd Violins, Violas, Cellos, Double Basses.
- Symphony No.9 in Em (2nd movement) Largo, arranged for Cor Anglais and Piano Play or Print Score / Piano part, Cor Anglais part or alternative solo parts for Oboe, Flute or Violin, Clarinet in B-flat, Viola, French Horn in F or Bassoon or Cello
- Symphony No.9 in Em (2nd movement) Largo, arranged for Piano Solo Play or Print
Elgar, Edward (1857-1934) :
Edward Elgar wrote in the style of the late Romantic composers, but with a distinctive English tone. He adapted the slow part of his "Pomp and Circumstance March No.1" with words by the poet A. C. Benson to make the patriotic song "Land of Hope and Glory". Elgar's "Enigma Variations" is a popular large-scale orchestral work, and the variation from it called "Nimrod" is often played on its own by orchestras or bands or solo keyboard instruments such as piano or organ.
- Land of Hope and Glory from "Pomp and Circumstance March No.1" Play or Print
- Nimrod from the "Enigma Variations" arranged for piano Play or Print
- Nimrod from the "Enigma Variations" arranged for organ Play or Print
Grieg, Edvard (1843-1907) :
Edvard Grieg introduced the styles of Norwegian folk music to his works. As a pianist himself he composed many smaller works for piano including the "Lyric Pieces".
- Arietta (Op.12 No.1) from the "Lyric Pieces" Play or Print
- Notturno (Op.54 No.4) from the "Lyric Pieces" Play or Print
- Notturno (Op.54 No.4) arranged for Violin and Piano Play or Print
- Wedding Day at Troldhaugen (Op.65 No.6) from the "Lyric Pieces" Play or Print
- Morning Mood from the Peer Gynt Suite No.1 Op.46 - orchestral Play or Print Score and parts for Flute 1, Flute 2, Oboes, Clarinets in A, Bassoon 1, Bassoon 2, Horns 1 & 2 in E, Horns 3 & 4 in E, Trumpets in E, Timpani, Violins 1, Violins 2, Violas, Cellos and Basses
- Morning Mood from the Peer Gynt Suite No.1 Op.46 - arranged for piano Play or Print
- Morning Mood from the Peer Gynt Suite No.1 Op.46 - arranged for flute and piano Play or Print Score/Piano Part and alternative solo parts for Flute, Oboe, Cor Anglais, Clarinet (in B-flat), Trumpet (in B-flat), Violin and Viola
Handel, George Frideric (1685-1759) :
George Frideric Handel was born in Germany, but settled in England where he frequently composed music for the Royal family including favourites such as the "Water Music" and "Music for the Royal Fireworks".
- Hornpipe from The Water Music (12th movement from Suite No.2 in D) Play or Print Score and Parts for Oboe 1, Oboe 2, Bassoon, Horn 1, Horn 2, Trumpet 1, Trumpet 2, Violins 1, Violins 2, Violins 3, Violas and Cellos/Basses
- Hornpipe from The Water Music (arranged for piano) Play or Print
- Hornpipe from The Water Music (arranged for viola or other instrument and piano) Play or Print Score/Piano Part and alternative instrumental parts for Viola, Violin, Cello, Trumpet, Trombone, Flute, Oboe, Alto Sax, Clarinet or Bassoon
- Ombra Mai Fu (first aria) from the opera Serse (Xerxes) Play or Print Score and Parts for Violins 1, Violins 2, Violas, Serse (vocal) and Basso Continuo
- Handel's Largo (based on "Ombra Mai Fu" above) adapted for Violin and Piano Play or Print Score/Piano part and alternative parts for Violin, Viola, Cello, French Horn or Clarinet
- Handel's Largo (based on "Ombra Mai Fu" above) arranged for Piano Solo Play or Print
- Sarabande from the Keyboard Suite in Dm (HWV 437) Play or Print
Haydn, Franz Joseph (1732-1809) :
Joseph Haydn was a key figure during the Classical Period. He composed many Symphonies, Sonatas and String Quartets. Here is an example from one of his keyboard sonatas.
- Piano Sonata No.31 in A-flat Play or Print
- Emperor's Hymn - Theme from German National Anthem (Deutschlandlied) play or print
Holst, Gustav (1874-1934) :
Gustav Holst's "Planet Suite" is his most popular work, full of bold ideas and strong themes. Holst turned one of those themes from "Jupiter" into a Hymn Tune which is labelled "Thaxted" in hymnals and usually sung to the words "I Vow to Thee, My Country". Another Hymn tune by Holst is "Cranham" to which the Christmas carol "In the Bleak Midwinter" is sung. Holst also scored the film "The Bells" in 1931.
- I Vow To Thee, My country (Hymn Tune from Jupiter from The Planets) - Play or Print
- In the Bleak Midwinter (the Christmas Carol) - Play or Print
Liszt, Franz (1811-1886) :
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 Liesestraum of which No.3 is the best known and available here in 2 forms:
- Liesestraum No.3 (original version) - Play or Print
- Liesestraum No.3 (easy piano version) - Play or Print
Mahler, Gustav (1860-1911) :
The Symphonies of Gustav Mahler are quite large, and we can only provide some samples here. Among these examples we demonstrate Mahler's take on the well-known children's song Frere Jaques, and examples used in adverts, on TV and on film. The example from his 5th symphony was used as the them tune in the film "Death in Venice".
- Symphony 1, 2nd movement extract Play or Print
- Symphony 1, 3rd movement extract Play or Print
- Symphony 5, 4th movement extract Play or Print
- Symphony 7, 2nd movement extract Play or Print
Mendelssohn, Felix (1809-1847) :
Felix Mendelssohn was a German composer, who like many others established his musical credentials at a young age, and died before reaching old age. Among other forms, he wrote several sets of piano pieces called "Songs without Words". These pieces are literally that, because they have a melodic "song" and an "accompaniment" all played on the piano. But the first item by Mendelssohn is the popular Christmas Carol:
- Hark! The Herald Angels Sing Play or Print
- Wedding March Play or Print
- Song Without Words Op. 19 No. 6 - Venetian Boat Song No.1 Play or Print
- Song Without Words Op. 53 No. 5 - Folk Song Play or Print
- Song Without Words Op. 67 No. 4 - Spinning Song or Bee's Wedding Play or Print
- Song Without Words Op. 85 No. 2 - The Adieu Play or Print
- Song Without Words Op. 102 No. 6 - Faith Play or Print
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791):
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born into a musical family, and as a child prodigy performed regularly throughout Europe as well as his native Austria. During his short life he was prolific as a composer using many forms, and did much to shape the development of music. While the two minuets below were composed at a very young age, the Sonata in C was composed in a simple style as a piece suitable for a developing player. The Rondo Alla Turca (in the Turkish style) comes from another piano sonata and is also well-known. The Piano Concerto movement below was used in the film "Elvira Madigan".
- Minuet in F (K.2, composed at age 5) Play or Print
- Minuet in F (K.2) arranged for Recorder Duet and Accompaniment Play or print Score and parts for Soprano recorder, Alto recorder and Piano accompaniment.
- Minuet and Trio in G (K.1, composed at age 6) Play or Print
- Minuet and Trio in G (K.1) arranged for Recorder Duet and Accompaniment Play or print Score and parts for Soprano recorder, Alto recorder and Piano accompaniment.
- Piano Sonata K.331 in A (3rd movement) - "Rondo Alla Turca" Play or Print
- Piano Sonata K.545 in C (1st movement) - the "simple" one Play or Print
- Piano Sonata K.333 in B-flat (1st movement) - Play or Print
- Symphony No.40 in Gm - 1st movement Play Score or Print Score, and parts for flute, oboes, clarinets in B-flat, bassoons, horn in B-flat, horn in G, 1st violins, 2nd violins, violas, cellos and bassess
- Symphony No.40 in Gm - 1st movement, arranged for Piano Solo Play or Print
- Piano Concerto No. 21 in C - 2nd movement (Elvira Madigan) Play, Print Piano Part (soloist) or Print Full Score and parts for flute, oboes, bassoons, horns, 1st violins, 2nd violins, violas, cellos & basses
- Piano Concerto No. 21 in C - 2nd movement (Elvira Madigan), arranged for Piano Solo Play or Print
- Clarinet Concerto in A - 2nd movement Play Score or Print Score or print parts for Flutes, Bassoons, Trumpets in D, 1st Violins, 2nd Violins, Violas, Cellos, Double Basses and the Solo Clarinet in A
- Clarinet Concerto in A - 2nd movement, arranged for Clarinet and Piano Play Score or Print Score (also to be used as the Piano Part, plus the Solo Clarinet (in A) part and the alternative Transposed Piano Score if accompanying a B-flat Clarinet
- Horn Concerto No.4 in E-flat - 3rd movement Play Score or Print Score or print parts for Oboes, Horns in E-flat, 1st Violins, 2nd Violins, Violas, Cellos and Basses, and the Solo Horn in E-flat
- Horn Concerto No.4 in E-flat - 3rd movement, arranged for Horn (in E-flat) and Piano Play Score or Print Score (also to be used as the Piano Part, plus the same Solo Horn Part
- Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1st movement), original version for string orchestra Play or Print Score or parts for 1st Violins, 2nd Violins, Violas and Cellos
- Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1st movement) for Flute and Piano, printable parts for Flute and Piano
- Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1st movement) for Oboe and Piano, printable parts for Oboe and Piano
- Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1st movement) for Cor Anglais and Piano, printable parts for Cor Anglais and Piano
- Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1st movement) for Clarinet (in A) and Piano, printable parts for Clarinet (A) and Piano
- Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1st movement) for Clarinet (in Bb) and Piano, printable parts for Clarinet (Bb) and Piano
- Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1st movement) for Alto Sax and Piano, printable parts for Alto Sax and Piano
- Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1st movement) for Trumpet and Piano, printable parts for Trumpet and Piano
- Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1st movement) for Violin and Piano, printable parts for Violin and Piano
- Bundeslied from Freemason's Cantata K.623 (theme from Austrian National Anthem) - play or print
Mussorgsky, Modest (1839-1881):
Belonging to the group of Russian composers known as "The Five", Modest Mussorgsky's music gets its typical Russian sound from the use of folk music. Pictures at an Exhibition was written following a visit to an art exhibition, the promenade theme representing a person strolling through the gallery and reacting to the pictures on display. As a piano piece full of colour and contrasts, Pictures at an Exhibition was ripe for orchestration, most famously by Ravel.
- Promenade from "Pictures at an exhibition" Play or Print
Narváez, Luis de (dates unknown but active 1526–49):
Luis de Narváez was a Spanish Renaissance composer who wrote extensively for the vihuela (which is an instrument similar to the guitar) and much of his music is today played on the guitar:
- Diferencias sobre Guardame las Vacas (variations on a theme called "Guarding the Cows") Play or Print
Pachelbel, Johann (1653-1706):
Although Johann Pachelbel composed other music, to many musicians he is known for only one work, this Canon. Originally written for 3 violins and a continuo part, the Canon consists of 28 strict variations, part of his "Canon and Gigue in D", and has become quite a famous work appearing in lots of places. Here it has been arranged as a shorter set of 11 variations, either for piano or for 4 recorders.
Purcell, Henry (1659-1695):
Like many English composers in the 16th and 17th centuries, many of Henry Purcell's works were for the church, but he also composed material for Royal occasions and the theatre. The rondeau below was used as the theme for Benjamin Britten's variations known as the Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, and the Queen Mary funeral march was used in the film "A Clockwork Orange".
- Rondeau, arranged for keyboard Play or Print
- Rondeau, arranged for 4 Recorders Play, print Score or four parts for Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass recorders
- March from the Funeral Music for Queen Mary, for 3 trumpets and a trombone Play or Print (all players can use the score)
- March from the Funeral Music for Queen Mary, arranged for piano or organ Play or Print
Rachmaninoff, Sergei (1873-1943):
The Russian born composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff often composed in a lush melodic late romantic style. As might be expected from a virtuoso pianist he wrote many works for piano (either solo or with orchestra) but he also composed a number of orchestral works, songs and some operas. Among his solo piano works are 24 preludes, one in each major and minor key.
- Prelude in C-sharp minor Op.3 No.2 (piano) Play or Print
- Prelude in G minor Op.23 No.5 (piano) Play or Print
Saint-Saens, Camille (1835-1921):
Among much output from the musical career of Camille Saint-Saens is the popular work Carnival of the Animals from which the movements "The Elephant" and "The Swan" are taken. Like that work, his 3rd Symphony also uses a piano (with 2 players) in addition to an organ. Both instruments can be heard in the following extract which was used in the film Babe.
Satie, Erik (1866-1925):
Erik Satie was a French composer who chose his own path in terms of musical style. In some ways he was revolutionary and in others merely reactionary. However, he showed that it wasn't necessary to use big dramatic orchestral sounds to move an audience, and his output was inspirational to the French impressionists. He composed a number of simple yet unusual piano pieces like the well-known works here.
Schubert, Franz (1797-1828):
Schubert's tragically short life was spent largely in Vienna, where is composed many songs, symphonies, and chamber works for small groups or solo instruments including many for piano. In style he follows on from the traditions of Mozart and Beethoven, yet he did introduce some unique features, such as unusual chord and key changes, and a broad sense of time.
Schumann, Robert (1810-1856):
Robert Schumann had a wide range of interests but is best known as a composer. Together with his wife Clara he had considerable influence on musical tastes generally and on the direction of individual composers. Both "Scenes from Childhood" and "Album for the Young" are well-known as sources of tuneful pieces to stretch the budding pianist.
- "About Strange Lands and People", No. 1 from "Scenes from Childhood" Play or Print
- "Traumerei" or "Reverie", No. 7 from "Scenes from Childhood" Play or Print
- "Soldiers' March", No. 2 from "Album for the Young" Play or Print
- "Song of the Reapers", No. 18 from "Album for the Young" Play or Print
Sor, Fernando (1778-1839):
Fernando Sor was born in Barcelona and lived much of his life in Paris. He wrote a large number of works for classical guitar, among them a number of different sets of Studies for students of the instrument. The following is just a small sample of his output:
Strauss, Johann (1825-1899):
Sometimes known as "The Waltz King", Johann Strauss II composed a number of popular dances and especially Waltzes. His most famous waltz is undoubtedly "The Blue Danube" and here are some simple arrangements of the opening theme:
Tallis, Thomas (1505-1585?):
Thomas Tallis, like Byrd, was an English composer devoted to writing works for the church. A few of his works are still used as hymn tunes today. The Third Mode Melody below was used by Ralph Vaughan-Williams as a basis for a work of atmospheric variations.
Tárrega, Francisco (1852-1909):
Francisco Tárrega was a Spanish guitarist and composer often considered to be the father of classical guitar. He wrote many original works and transcriptions of piano pieces by other composers:
- Recuerdos de la Alhambra (Memories of the Alhambra) Play or Print
- Lágrima (Teardrop) Play or Print
Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich (1840-1893):
Among the things that Tchaikovsky was famous for, was the creation of music full of emotion and likeable melodies with inventive orchestration. These characteristics were very obvious in his ballet music which included The Sleeping Beauty", "Swan Lake" and "The Nutcracker" from which the "Sugar Plum Fairy" is well-known. Tchaikovsky also composed many short piano works.
- Sugar Plum Fairy Play or Print score and parts for Flutes, Oboes, Cor Anglais, Clarinets, Bass Clarinet, Bassoons, Horns, Celesta, 1st Violins, 2nd Violins, Violas, Cellos and Double Basses
- Sugar Plum Fairy, arranged for piano Play or Print
- Waltz (No.8 from his "Album for the Young" Op.39) Play or Print
- Chanson Triste (Sad Song Op.40 No.2) Play or Print
Vivaldi, Antonio (1678-1741):
Vivaldi created much musical output, and The Four Seasons is one of his most popular works. It consists of 4 Violin Concertos usually played together as a single work, of which the following is one. It was used to good effect in the early 70s BBC production of Cassanova starring Frank Findlay. A common practice in baroque orchestral music was to have a harpsichord accompany the orchestra, though it is not unusual for this instrument to be completely drowned out at times. The harpsichordist has the bass part and indications of suitable chords to play called a "figured bass", thus allowing for a certain degree of interpretation or even mild improvisation within these confines. A harpsichord part has been created for this version which may differ from those you may have heard in recordings.
Wagner, Richard (1813-1883):
Richard Wagner holds a pivotal position in the development of musical thought in general and opera in particular. It is from one of his operas that the following very familiar work comes:
- The Bridal Chorus (from Lohengrin) Play or Print
Anonymous (traditional classical music whose composer is unknown):
Some early pieces of classical music have survived for centuries and continue to provide inspiration for later composers, yet their exact origin is uncertain. Among such examples are Gregorian Chants originally written for church services and a certain guitar work:
- Dies Irae or "Day of Wrath" (a shortened arrangement) Play or Print
- Pange Lingua or "Tell, tongue" (a shortened arrangement) Play or Print
- Romance Anonimo (Romance by Anonymous - a piece for guitar) Play or Print