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.
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:
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...
Here are all the existing tunes from our Christmas Carols catalogue. Again the sheet music is available for various instruments, and each page allows you to download midi and mp3 files:
If you play the guitar, here are some very special arrangements of Christmas Carols by guitarist and regular contributor Glenn Jarrett (originally from Wales and now settled in Australia):
"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:
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.
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...
Although Weddings take place all year round, the summer months are a popular time in the hope of sunshine and flowers and a chance to spend time outdoors. If you are planning or arranging a wedding remember to consider appropriate music for the occasion. We propose a few traditional pieces for the event in our Wedding Music page, including the following classical favourites:
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...