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Play At Home
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Welcome to the Play At Home Series! Here you can play ensemble pieces in the comfort of your own home with the help of audio files created in the music notation program Sibelius. None of the music posted here is under copyright (with the exception of pieces written by a few living composers who have graciously granted permission), so feel free to share the website and music.
Choose a category from the Navigation section in the upper right corner of this page.
Once you've selected a piece to play, Download and print out the score file.
Click on the MP3 playback button and play along with the music. Use the Slow MP3s for practice.
The videos attached to each piece are for reference, showing how the music sounds when professionally played.
Headphones are highly recommended. You can hear all the parts much more clearly and can tune more easily with the recorder playing your part in the score. Tip: when using headphones, leave one ear slightly exposed to hear your own recorder better.
There are hundreds of pieces and parts to choose from! If you are unsure of where to start, here are several different suggestions:
Scroll down this page for lists of recommended pieces for newer or advanced players.
Pick a single piece and learn all of the different parts. If you have some favorite composers, choose from the Composers List.
Pick a single recorder (sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor, bass, great bass, or contrabass) and play various pieces. Here is all of the music in the Play At Home Series sorted into a List by Parts.
Create a ‘program’ of three or four pieces and work on them as if preparing for a recital.
Use the site as a Music History course. Start with the Medieval page and work your way up through the centuries to the Contemporary page. See the Chronological List of Composers at the end of the Notes file and read the entries on each composer and their compositions if you’d like to really delve into Music History. Be sure to watch the videos at the top of each period page too.
Treat the series as a great sight-reading exercise - pick pieces at random and play random parts.
To learn some background information about the composers, the selections on the website, or a bit about the techniques, styles, and forms that they employ check out the Additional Notes file.
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The Tuning Exercise will help you sync up with the “Sibelius Sounds” recorders.
Suggestion, question, music request? We'd love to hear from you so feel free to contact us.
Anonymous (Medieval) - O virgo splendens
Sumer is icumen in (round)
Anonymous (Ren.) - Ik zeg Adieu
Bach - Chorale #5 Ein Lämmlein geht und...
Chorale #7 Nun lob mein Seel den Herren
Chorale #74 O Haupt Voll Blut und Wunden
Chorale # 117 O Welt, sieh hier dein Leben
WTK 1 Prelude 22
WTK 1 Prelude 24
Banchieri - Sinfonia
Barbershop - Down by the Old Mill Stream
Beach - Nunc dimittis
Bennet - Weep, O Mine Eyes
Bruckner - Os Justi
Chopin - Prélude 7
Corelli - Sonata da Chiesa Op 3, No. 1 Grave
de la Cruz - Madre, la de los Primores
Dunstable - Quam pulchra es
Eijkhout - Las Vacas
Ferrabosco - Pavan a 5
Gibbons - Ah, Dear Heart
Gluck - Marche religieuse from Alceste
Grieg - Ave maris stella
Griffes - Tears Op. 10, No. 4
Holborne - Decrevi
di Lasso - La nuict froide
Morales - O crux, ave, spes unica
Palestrina - Agnus Dei I
Rheinberger - Abendlied
Rossi - Kaddish Shalem
Salieri - Round (C or F Instrument)
Sermisy - Tant que vivray
Stanford - The Blue Bird
Susato - Rondo et Saltarello
Tallis - If Ye Love Me
Upton - Amazing Grace
Recommended for Newer Players
Recommended for Advanced Players
Bach - Trio Sonata No. 4, Andante
WTK 1 Prelude 9
WTK 2 Fugue 2
Beethoven - Adagio from Sextet Op. 71
Brahms - Hungarian Dance No. 5
Buxtehude - Organ Prelude BuxWV 143
Cabezón - Susana un jour
von Call - Allegro from Flute Trio in D
Cavaccio - Pavana and Saltarello
Clementi - Piano Sonatina in G, Movt. 1 Op. 26, No. 2
Corelli - Sonata da Chiesa Op 3, No. 1 Vivace
Dowland - Earl of Essex Galliard
Dufay - Vergine bella
Dvořák - Bagatelle Op 47, No. 1
Froberger - Ricercare
Handel - Sonata in F, Movts 2 & 3
Holborne - Muy Linda
Hook - Trio No. 1
Hotteterre - Trio Sonata Op. 3 No. 5 - Légèrement
Josquin - Gloria (Missa Beata Virgine)
Landini - Si dolce non sono
Mendelssohn - Fuga Op. 37, No. 1
Mozart - Divertimento 1, Movement 1
Divertimento 2, Movement 1
Pachelbel - Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern
Peisinger - Ostinato: For Five in Fivish
Praetorius - Courante
Quagliati - Recercate et Canzone 7
Quantz - Sonata for 3 Flutes in D Major, Movts 1-3
Schumann - Drei Romanzen Op 21, No. 2
Strauss - Pizzicato Polka
Stravinsky - March
Susato - Rondo et Saltarello (Sopranino part)
Sweelinck - Gaudete omnes
Tchaikovsky - Sleeping Beauty Waltz
Telemann - Allegro in D major
Vivaldi - Finale (Concerto in G Minor)
Trio Sonata RV 81