"Fem Får Fire Geder" ("Five Sheep Four Goats") is a traditional folk melody from Denmark, first published in the 18th century. The original manuscript (part of a collection of fiddle tunes) is now held in the Danish Royal Library. It has been recorded and performed by various artists, including the Danish String Quartet. We have added 4 versions to the mfiles library:
"Por Una Cabeza" is a famous Tango Song by Carlos Gardel and Alfredo Le Pera. The title meaning "By a Head", the song tells of a lover who is passionate about women and horse betting. Originally a song, it is mostly heard today in instrumental arrangements. Here we present 3 versions with sheet music and audio:
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.
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 sheet music, midi and mp3 files for 50 nursery rhymes and children's songs. More...
We have completely revamped our collection of Bugles Calls, adding many more examples to our catalogue. Our article on Bugle Calls looks at the history of these pieces and their influence on Classical, Film and Popular music. The complete set of examples can be accessed from the article, including The Last Post, Taps, First Call, various versions of Reveille and much more. All the examples include sheet music, midi and mp3 downloads. More...
On Remembrance Day we pay tribute to those who have died or suffered in the many wars and conflicts this past century. We have put together a selection of Remembrance Day Music suitable for such occasions, including bugle calls, hymns and folk songs with sheet music, midi and mp3 files for free download. More...
We have added some additional items to our folk music collection. Representing the "Sea Shanty" we have the traditional "Drunken Sailor" and the popular "Wellerman". We have also added two different versions of the traditional Scottish song "Loch Lomond". As always we include relevant sheet music and audio files:
Suo Gân is a traditional Welsh lullaby, which has been performed and recorded by many artists from Wales and Worldwide, and famously used in the film "Empire of the Sun". We present 3 instrumental versions of the folk song, all with sheet music and audio:
The top 10 most popular Christmas Carols on mfiles last December were:
"Cherry Ripe" started as a poem by Robert Herrick (1591–1674) and then became a song with music by Charles Edward Horn (1786–1849). The song became very popular, and is now essentially a traditional folk song. We present the original song, an instrumental alternative for oboe and piano, and an arrangement for piano solo. All versions include sheet music parts, midi, mp3 and videos:
"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 have sheet music parts, midi, mp3 and video:
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 phenomenon of Music Hall and its singers and songs, including a selection of songs with sheet music, full lyrics, midi and mp3 files: