MIDI songs

Partial files are displayed in italics, like this.
A-rovin'
Cheesy little song I sang in the men's choir at high school. Composed by Neil Johnson. The first verse or so is entered. I once amused myself by making this the background music for a level in Doomopen the ID Software website in a new window.
Ave Maria
Recent choral piece for men's choir written by Franz Biebl. I sang it in school; in case you're curious, my part was baritone 1. I think the song may have been com­missioned by Chanticleeropen a new window for the Chanticleer web site as it appears on one of their recordings.
Candlelight Carol
Lushly voiced Christmas carol, which a certain high school choir performed tra­ditionally at the senior Christmas concert. It was written by well-known British composer John Rutter. I have only entered the chorus.
Contrapunctus 14, reconstruction BWV 1080-14
Davitt Moroney completes this fragmentary piece from Die Kunst der Fuge. A competently written conclusion for the three voice fugue, which introduces the motto theme as a fourth voice, as Moroney and other musicologists believe JS Bach would have done. Published in the Urtextview Urtext in new window edition of the work.
Contrapunctus 13, inversus, alio modo, a 2 clav BWV 1080-18
From JS Bach's Die Kunst der Fuge, Art of the Fugue. An astonishingly complex two keyboard version of contrapunctus 13 which appears in the main body of the work.
Gloria
  1. Gloria
  2. Et in terra pax
  3. Laudamus te
  4. Gratias agimus tibi
  5. Domine Deus, Rex cælestis
  6. Domine Fili, unigenite
  7. Qui tollis peccata mundi
  8. Quoniam tu solus sanctus
  9. Cum sancto Spiritu
The lengthy work Gloria was written by Guiseppe Carcani. I memorized the 60 page book as part of roughly four hours of reper­toire for a tour of Holland, during my tenure as a member of the British Columbia Boys ChoirBCBC in new window when I was twelve or so. The writing may not be complex but it was fun to sing in those cathedrals. Maybe sometime I'm feeling ambitious, I will enter the rest of the work.
Goldberg-Variationen BWV 988 The work Goldberg Variations, as it is known in English, consists of an aria, followed by 30 variations, and concluding with a repetition of the aria. This fascinating work was long considered an obscure academic exercise. Glenn Gould played them for his first recording under his Columbia contract, and the record became an almost overnight bestseller.
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O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden
Short sacred chorale. Written by some old dude (was it Martin Luther?) a long time ago, harmonized by JS Bach for his St Matthew Passion.
Irish Tune from County Derry
It seems that nearly everybody knows this piece as Oh Danny Boy. It was written by Percy Grainger who based it on a folk song. This is a nice thick choral ar­range­ment, possibly by Grainger himself. Over the years I have sung many bizarre arrangements of this piece, including an interesting one by Phil Mattsonlearn about Phil in a new window, but this is surely the canonical incarnation of the tune. Unfortunately, I didn't enter the whole thing before losing the score.
Italian Concerto BWV 971 Pretty cool piece. I like the Glenn Gould recording.
Lost Lady Found
Another piece by Percy Grainger. I got the music for this at some meeting of Chorfest. I entered this much and I think I lost the music. It's a great piece. The piano part gets harder and harder; the accompianist however stunned every singer by sight-reading it perfectly, all the while with a grim unhappy expression (his nickname is "Smiley").
Partita I I played this piece by JS Bach on piano very early on. Years ago I found some movements on a local BBS in a unique file format which played over a PC speaker, back when sound­cards were rare. As a PC speaker can only produce a single tone, chords were played arpeggiated several times a beat, resulting in a strange, not unpleasant rippling effect. I also impressed my grade 8 computer science teacher by writing a program which played the first movement, in BASIC!
Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied BWV 225
This MIDI file is the first movement from the first of JS Bach's so-called Six Motets. I can't remember when I first heard of these pieces, but the first recording I bought of them, a CD still on my short list of favorites, looms strong in memory. I bought a book containing the music for all six motets, published by Bärenreiter.
Three Kings
Amazing Christmas carol I sang in high school choir. This song was created by Housman & William. A note I made in the file suggests it was copyrighted 1928 but I wonder if that's true. Most but not all of the music has been entered, it stops just before the climax. I will probably never see the full score again. A while ago, I heard a pro­fessional group perform the piece on the radio, and the effect was extra­ordinary. Here are the words:
Who knocks tonight so late, so late? the weary porter said. Three Kings stood at the gate, Each with a crown on head. The serving man bowed down; The inn was full, he knew. Said he, 'In all this town is no fit place for you!' A light! the manger lit: There lay the Mother meek. Said they, 'This place is fit: Here is the rest we seek!' They loosed their latchet strings; So stood they all unshod. Come in, ye Kings! And kiss the Feet of God.
Wohltemperirtes Clavier Book I
  1. BWV 846 C major Prelude Fugue
  2. BWV 847 C minor Prelude Fugue
  3. BWV 848 C-sharp major Prelude Fugue
  4. BWV 849 C-sharp minor Prelude Fugue
  5. BWV 850 D major Prelude Fugue
  6. BWV 851 D minor Prelude Fugue
  7. BWV 852 E-flat major Prelude Fugue
  8. BWV 853 E-flat minor Prelude D-sharp minor Fugue
  9. BWV 854 E major Prelude Fugue
  10. BWV 855 E minor Prelude Fugue
  11. BWV 856 F major Prelude Fugue
  12. BWV 857 F minor Prelude Fugue
  13. BWV 858 F-sharp major Prelude Fugue
  14. BWV 859 F-sharp minor Prelude Fugue
  15. BWV 860 G major Prelude Fugue
  16. BWV 861 G minor Prelude Fugue
  17. BWV 862 A-flat major Prelude Fugue
  18. BWV 863 G-sharp minor Prelude Fugue
  19. BWV 864 A major Prelude Fugue
  20. BWV 865 A minor Prelude Fugue
  21. BWV 866 B-flat major Prelude Fugue
  22. BWV 867 B-flat minor Prelude Fugue
  23. BWV 868 B major Prelude Fugue
  24. BWV 869 B minor Prelude Fugue
If you have not heard of Das Wohltemperirtes Clavier, by JS Bach, know that it is held in such high regard among musicians it is often referred to simply as the WTC or the 48. There are two books in the work, each containing 24 preludes and 24 fugues, in all the keys available. Fugue XX is surprisingly comlpex and extended for the first book. It is a four voice fugue on one theme. The writing is great but the thing is murder to play, especially the last few bars which are impossible without cheating a bit. Sadly, I haven't entered the whole piece.
Wohltemperirtes Clavier Book II
  1. BWV 870 C major Prelude Fugue
  2. BWV 871 C minor Prelude Fugue
  3. BWV 872 C-sharp major Prelude Fugue
  4. BWV 873 C-sharp minor Prelude Fugue
  5. BWV 874 D major Prelude Fugue
  6. BWV 875 D minor Prelude Fugue
  7. BWV 876 E-flat major Prelude Fugue
  8. BWV 877 D-sharp minor Prelude Fugue
  9. BWV 878 E major Prelude Fugue
  10. BWV 879 E minor Prelude Fugue
  11. BWV 880 F major Prelude Fugue
  12. BWV 881 F minor Prelude Fugue
  13. BWV 882 F-sharp major Prelude Fugue
  14. BWV 883 F-sharp minor Prelude Fugue
  15. BWV 884 G major Prelude Fugue
  16. BWV 885 G minor Prelude Fugue
  17. BWV 886 A-flat major Prelude Fugue
  18. BWV 887 G-sharp minor Prelude Fugue
  19. BWV 888 A major Prelude Fugue
  20. BWV 889 A minor Prelude Fugue
  21. BWV 890 B-flat major Prelude Fugue
  22. BWV 891 B-flat major Prelude Fugue
  23. BWV 892 B major Prelude Fugue
  24. BWV 893 B minor Prelude Fugue
I shall describe two of my favourite fugues from this book. Fugue IX is a friendly, warm four voice fugue. Great fun to play, especially really loud. I entered so little of it here it doesn't reach the interesting parts. Fugue XIV is a three voice triple fugue that ends in a brilliant combination of the themes. After the middle of the piece, there are nonstop 16th notes until the end, making it an exhilirating piece to play on piano.


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