The listed titles immediately below are links to sheet music PDFs of the compositions discussed in this blog as well as some additional random music–free to download. (Titles that are asterisked have explanatory notes at the bottom of this page.)
Alma Redemptoris Mater – This piece by Giovanni Palestrina is for four voices. On the sheet music above, it is combined into two staves to make it more easily readable. I’ve found it quite useful for ad-hoc service music–played either on organ (with or without pedals) or piano.
Rose of Tralee – “The Rose of Tralee” is an Irish song and it is set here for organ in the format of a chorale prelude. The melody is in the bass and is played in the pedal. In its feel, this piece was influenced by the “Gigue Fugue” of Buxtehude.
Sarabande in B Minor – This is the Sarabande from the Violin Sonata in B Minor by J.S. Bach arranged for keyboard. The arrangement was intended for organ or a keyboard with a sustained voice, but in works on piano as well. The original was written for solo violin, and while it includes some harmony notes it was limited, of course, by the instrument choice. So in this arrangement the harmony is expanded into four-parts–and I tried staying as true as possible to anything contained in the original. Also, it should be noted, as this arrangement was originally conceived for organ, feel free to tie repeated notes among the inner voices if playing on piano in order to get a good legato effect (which is the frequent practice when playing a four-part piece on the organ); so for example, measure 27, the E in the melody in beat one can be tied to the subsequent E in the alto part. Finally, the whole piece here is transcribed one octave lower than it actually would be sounded on the violin.
Witaj Krolowo Nieba – This is a Polish hymn, traditionally played at funerals. The text is shown phonetically–that is, the pronunciation of the Polish lyrics–along with the sheet music. It is set with four-part harmonization on two staves with chord symbols.