Continuing our exploration of early music notation, here is a lively dance tune called "Saltarello 2" from a Medieval Tuscan collection from the late 14th Century. It is the 2nd of 3 Saltarellos in the collection, and the music clearly shows a characteristic jumping figure which gives the dance its name. Using modern notation we present the Saltarello 2 melody for different instruments, and a simple arrangement of Saltarello 2.
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 sheet music for the first movement, including the full orchestral score and individual parts for all instruments:
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 we now have sheet music for No.3 available in 2 versions:
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:
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 is the sheet music for this 3rd movement in two different versions, with all parts included:
Edvard Grieg's Suites from "Peer Gynt" include some of the most recognisable works in classical music. Here are different versions of "Morning Mood" with each version including all appropriate sheet music scores and parts:
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. Each rag can be downloaded as sheet music, midi or mp3 files.
We look at the tradition of Music Hall and its singers, with sheet music and lyrics for selected songs:
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 (scores & parts) 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 in a sheet music arrangement for piano.
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 the original sheet music (full score and parts), and also our new arrangement for solo piano:
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:
"Flowers of the Forest" is an old Scottish Folk Song, found in an early 17th Century manuscript. Here we have the original melody which can be played on a variety of instruments. There is also a slightly newer version (often played as a Lament on bagpipes) arranged for Piano Solo, and an arrangement for solo instrument plus optional piano accompaniment. All versions include sheet music parts, audio & video:
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 sheet music for the first movement, available as the full orchestral score plus all instrument parts:
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:
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 are two of his most famous preludes. View and download the PDF sheet music:
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:
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 different arrangements of the Largo from Dvorak's 9th Symphony, including all sheet music scores and parts:
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...
"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 (all parts included). More...
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...
Nursery Rhymes are a type of folk song aimed at children. Many such songs have a long history and have been shared and adapted across different cultures. The range is very wide and includes Lullabies, Counting Songs, Action Songs, Songs which tell a story, Nonsense Songs and Dances. Our article includes piano sheet music for 50+ nursery rhymes and children's songs. More...
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 are video and sheet music pages of this 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:
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: