It is Finished

I have finished transcribing all 18 songs from the music book Piano Literature, Volume One. All of the songs were written in the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary eras.

The eight composers are as follows:

And here are the last five songs:

Dmitri Kabalevsky A Little Song:

Dmitri Kabalevsky Waltz:

Dmitri Shostakovich March:

Bela Bartok A Winter Tale:

Bela Bartok The Lonely Traveler:

More Songs Fresh off the Press

Here are some more songs from the book Piano Literature Volume One. Also, did you know that I lettered in three different sports in high school? They were all in lower case, however…..

Beethoven Sonatina in G:

Schumann The Merry Farmer:

Schumann Soldiers’ March:

Schumann The Wild Horseman:

Kabalevsky Dance:

Kabalevksy Quick March:

Piano Music

Here are some songs from a piano music book titled Piano Literature Volume One. Its $5.50 price has to be one of the best deals around. That’s around 30 cents per song.

I posted some of the songs yesterday using an organ, but I think they sound better on a piano. Hence the title.

There are 18 songs altogether, so be sure and check back later to hear the other songs. So far the reception has been tremendous, with downloads in the triple digits. Watch out, Google.

Beethoven Ecossaise in G
Mozart Minuet in F
Bach Minuet in G BWV 116
Bach March in D
Bach Minuet in G BWV 114
Bach Minuet in G Minor BWV 115
Spindler Sonatina

In the event you were wondering what BWV stands for, the Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis (BWV) is a catalogue of compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach. It was first published in 1950, edited by Wolfgang Schmieder. The catalogue’s second edition appeared in 1990. An abbreviated version of that second edition, known as BWV2a, was published in 1998.

Bach is Back

These songs were all written by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Minuet in G (BWV 116):

BWV 116

Minuet in G (BWV 114):

BWV 114

Minuet in G Minor (BWV 115):

BWV 115

March in D (BWV 122):

Sonatina by Spindler:

One of the readers asked what the letters “BWV” represented. The answer is as follows: The Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis (BWV) Bach works catalogue is a catalogue of compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach. It was first published in 1950, edited by Wolfgang Schmieder. The catalogue’s second edition appeared in 1990. An abbreviated version of that second edition, known as BWV2a, was published in 1998.

Another Song is a Wrap

This song is called Pour Mettre Comme Un Homme Habile. In English it means “To Put Like a Skillful Man.” (I think it might be missing something in translation). It was written way back in the 1500’s by Orlando Di Lasso.

On another note, have you ever wondered why the word “tummy” is used for the word “stomach?” Shouldn’t it be “Stummy?”

No Tambourine
With Tambourine
Name That Tune
And This One Too

A New Song for A New Month

I have been thinking about starting a cover band. But first I need to buy some covers. I’m sure I can find a sale somewhere…

Continuing with our study of Renaissance Music, here is a song titled “To The Sweet Sound of The Murmuring of the Waves.” (I’m not making this up). Its actual title is Al dolce suon del mormorar de l’onde, and was written by Orlando Di Lasso way back in the 1500’s.

Organ With Brass
Organ With Brass and Tabla

Also, all 100 classical songs are now located on one page:

An Oldie But a Goodie

Today’s song is titled “Tristis est anima mea” which translates to “Sad is my soul.” It just doesn’t seem like the kind of song that needed sound effects or percussion. 🕊️

This is a beautiful version also.

Search for the First Thunder

Here are two versions of a song called Ricercar del prima tuono, which means Search for the First Thunder. It was written almost 500 years ago by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525 – February 2, 1594) was an Italian Renaissance composer of sacred music and the best-known 16th-century representative of the Roman School of musical composition. He had a long-lasting influence on the development of church and secular music in Europe, especially on the development of counterpoint, and his work is considered the culmination of Renaissance polyphony.

For more on the composer:

All of these Renaissance songs can also be found on the Renaissance Music page:

And the Bach Chorales can be found on this page:

if you are using Chrome on a smart phone, click the three dots in the top right corner to get to the menu. Choose settings, site settings, desktop site ON to view the music player on the right side of the page. If you are using a laptop you should be able to see the player. And then you can listen to this amazing music over and over.

You Learn Something New Every Day (Hopefully)

Here is another song written by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, titled Missa Papae Marcelli, or Pope Marcellus Mass. It is a “mass sine nomine” or mass without a name. It is his best-known mass, and is regarded as an archetypal example of the complex polyphony done by Palestrina. It was sung at the Papal Coronation Masses (the last being the coronation of Paul VI in 1963).

It is also posted on the Renaissance Music Page at (along with the other renaissance songs, of course!)

It is a very calming piece of music. And let’s face it, couldn’t we all use that right about now?

Also, the list of 101 Bach Chorales continues to grow. Here is number 66: “Jesus, Priceless Treasure“:

Bach is Back

And he brought two more of his chorales with him. Do you notice how similar they sound? Of course you don’t! You haven’t listened to them yet. But when you do, you will notice that they each start in the same key: F Minor.

Here are two versions of Chorale Number 75:


And two versions of Chorale Number 78:


Number 14

Here is the 14th song I have posted by Orlando Di Lasso. You may see his name spelled differently online, or in a book (they do still exist, I am told). Sometimes it is spelled De Lassus. But I am going with Di Lasso.

This song is called Tre Volte Haveva. The online translator tells me that it means Three Times Haveva. But I can’t seem to find out what a Haveva is. Whatever it is, there are three of them.

name that tune
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